This is great advice that every writer can use!
Let’s get brutally honest for a moment. Writing — I mean really going for it — is terrifying!
Each and every time you sit down to put words on page, you’re actually transcribing a little piece of you: your wildest dreams, your deepest desires. So what if you don’t like what you see looking back at you? What if your reflection exposes you to be not the creative genius you’d hoped and imagined, but a failure and a fraud?
And that’s just the first cause of anxiety… (Who wouldn’t want to be a writer?!) As if looking at your own work wasn’t cringe-worthy enough, if you have any hope of publication, at some stage you will have to cast your story (that hard-laboured insight into your soul) before the eyes of complete strangers! Or worse: people you know!
To some extent, the anxiety is only natural: the nerves, the…
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If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted for a while. I’m in the middle of moving house and it has sucked up all my time and energy. I hope to be settled soon and back to work as usual.
I’m moving to a nicer, quieter neighbourhood, so writing will be easier and more inspired by the peacefulness and the fact that I’ll be closer to nature.
Oh, and I’ll have faster Internet! That’s always a bonus!
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For me, it’s not so much that I have the unfinished stuff that I’ve given up on. It’s the unfinished stuff that’s waiting in a queue for me to finish the stuff I’m doing and start on them…
It has almost become routine.
Get a great idea—this is the one! Jot it down. Make notes. Wait until you’re at your computer, and then type away, cranking out as many details as you can remember from the initial burst of inspiration. This is the one that will make my writing known.
And then, about two weeks and ten thousand words later…a new great idea! Scratch that old one, this new one is where I need to focus my writing energy.
It’s cyclical. Until one day you manage to snap the cycle and actually finish a manuscript—which has happened to me three times. How many not-quite-finished or was-once-a-great-idea-until-it-wasn’t-anymore drafts do I have saved on my computer? Dozens. A good fifteen or twenty for every book I completed.
That’s just the way it goes. Does the process discourage me? At first, sure, it did. When you have yet to complete anything…
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CS Lakin really knows her stuff. I have found her website invaluable.
Hello, lovely people, I hope you are well? You are? Great! I know I am, it’s Friday after all! The last few days I have been outlining my scenes so that I am ready for Camp NaNoWriMo in July.
I’m reading an amazing book by CS Lakin called The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction which I have found invaluable. Lakin gives a scene checklist which I recommend you get your hands on.
I have used this to ask myself set questions per scene, and they are helping me so much I thought I would share them with you. Let me know what you think!
What is the action or revelation that is the high impact crux of this scene?
What new information will this scene tell the reader?
What is the purpose of the scene?
What do I want the reader to know by reading this scene?
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Thought that this was quite interesting. Maybe people who “don’t like reading” might be more inclined to read because they do it every day on social media.
“Keep writing” seems like some obvious advice for anyone with creative writing ambitions, no matter how large or small. There really isn’t much else to writing other than to do it, and continue until you can do it well. You can read fiction, read publishing advice books, read writing websites (like this one!), but at the end of the day, practice is the only way to hone your voice.
I throw the “others have said this much better, but it bears repeating” disclaimer about here in the post. I’m not pretending to have some significant insight, just the experiences of my undergraduate career that I think others could learn from.
First, comrades, we must discuss the idea that we are writing all the time. Many of you will no doubt protest: “But I set aside special time for my fiction/poetry/satire. How can you tell me I’m always writing it?”
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