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.
Wow, how January is flying by. I mean, I’m sure that we are all glad to say goodbye to 2020. We are all praying that 2021 isn’t a repeat of that dumpster fire. We all want a much happier and peaceful year.
But for me, 2021 could slow down a little. Or else, I could get better at finding and sticking to a routine. I blame the shorter days. Once the sun goes down, I just want to curl up in my chair with a book. Or two. That’s good for reading, I’ve had a productive month. But not so good for working.
My reading last year consisted of a very eclectic bunch. I read 78 books, which is about normal over the last few years even with the COVID restrictions. I did read some bigger books and more websites.
One of the most fun things I did was pick up my guitar. I haven’t played it isince high school, but I came across the Justin Guitar website and app and really enjoyed the lessons. It is undergoing an improvement on the website so I hope I can get back to it after getting out of the habit over the holidays.
There’s that theme of using a routine again. Sounds like I need to pay more attention to keeping them. Continue reading