Turtle sticking his head out to see the world.
When I think of a writer, I usually think of a person, alone, hunched over their laptop or notebook. Maybe stretched out under a cabana by the pool. (Aww, dreams.)
We laugh about what introverts most writers must be spending their days locked away just so they can play with words.
And I’ve learned that there is a lot of alone time when you write. You have to get your words and thoughts down on paper or a blank screen, then organize them before you should let anyone, and I mean anyone, look at them. Somebody once said that a great writer is also a great rewriter. (Okay, I’m sorry. I can’t keep up with all the quotes. Even my own.)
But the more I write, the more I learn that it isn’t all a one-person show. And the more you develop in your writing and growing a readership, the more eyes and brains you need to get involved.
Over on The Write Conversation last week, I wrote about the importance of becoming a part of a writers’ group, whether it is to have someone critique your stuff or to learn more about the craft and business of writing. Or even to find a mentor to help develop your plans.
You can read my post here. And if you nave any comments, I would love to see them in the comments section below.
Than you for reading.
One way to make a story really come alive is by giving your reader or listener characters that really resonate. The plot is the character’s story. By telling us a story about someone we can like, be interested in, or identify with, the writing grabs our attention and often our emotions.
Not only will an interesting character get us into the story, it also helps us remember your theme or moral after we put the book back on the shelf. That’s one of the biggest awards for the author.
This month, over on The Write Conversation, I wrote about some tips to help make your characters more real and more acceptable. I hope you like it and you can leave any messages below.
Here is the link to Make the Characters You Create Come to Life.
Going on a journey
After living through a pandemic, a strident election, and a record number of natural disasters, 2020 is finally over. Now, we are looking forward to the new year of 2021. Even though we are carrying a lot of baggage left over from the old year, that doesn’t condemn the new year to be just like 2020. In fact, we have as much reason to believe it will be twice as good.
Many of us like to make plans and get an idea of what we want to achieve in the weeks and months ahead.
2020Night Sky by Pezibear
Over on The Write Conversation, I posted a blog about making plans that included God. You can get the link here.
Often, we think about what we can do. I know, when I do this, I get discouraged because there is so much out of my control and my abilities are so small.
But when I look at God, my Lord, at His creation and how He has worked in history, why shouldn’t I think He will do it in me? In you?
Wishing everyone a happy 2021 and hoping that you will achieve even more than you can dream.