Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The dreaded WB or writer's block. We've all been there--a blank computer screen stares us down mockingly. It can be frustrating, especially when your writing puts food on the table (and in feed pans as in my home.) What does one do?
For me it's taking a walk away from the pressures of writing. I take the dogs for a nature walk to the river, or spend time with the horses and kitties. Anything that gets me away from the pressures of putting words to paper (or that horrible blank computer screen.) Here's a short list I've compiled to also help out.
1) Why do you love to write? Sometimes it's important to remember the whys. Is it bringing characters to life? Is it bringing joy and escapism to others? Those of us who make it our living love the writing first, the paycheck second. Sit down and write a list of the things that make writing important to you.
2) Try out freewriting! Imagine your dream vacation, close your eyes and really put yourself there. What are the sights, the sounds, and the smells? What did you have for dinner there? Describe it in detail. Here's a great link for freewriting, at the bottom of the page is a place to pull up a blank page for a timed freewriting exercise. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/composition/brainstorm_freewrite.htm
3) What are your other talents? Do you like to paint, take photographs of nature, or cook? Jump into something else for a bit, something that you have confidence in. It'll give your ego a boost!
4) Exercise! Go for a brisk walk or jog with your dog. Grab your kids and your bicycles and hit the road. It'll take you away from your worries and it'll increase blood flow to the brain which boosts clarity of thought.
5) Meditate, pray, or visit your religious service of choice. It's good for centering your yourself.
6) READ. Reading a good book by your favorite author will take you out of your world and put you into the created world of someone else--the reason we write.
7) Break out of your usual genre. Are you known for your vampire trilogies? Perhaps you should give historical romance a shot.
8) Go to your local park, throw a blanket under a tree, and people watch. Go to the mall, walk through the department stores and eavesdrop on conversations. It's great for getting character ideas.
9) Grab your journal (or start one) and write about things that may be getting in the way of your creativity. Are you under stress? In an unsupportive relationship? Write about your thoughts and feelings, and see if you can get an emotional break through.
10) Volunteer, if only for a day--t'll bring good karma your way! Walk the pups at the shelter, or bag food at a food drive. Find something that brings positivity to others.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Which genre/line are you targeting?
Do you have a theme or a story question?
Have you set the tone/atmosphere?
2. For each character, do you know:
his or her internal goal?
his or her external goal?
a prime motivating incident?
a prime motivating factor?
Have you chosen believable character traits?
What does each character stand to lose if he/she doesn’t achieve his/her goal?
Why doesn’t the character quit?
Why does the reader care about him/her?
3. Did you chose the best place to start the story?
Did you use a hook?
Is this the point of change?
Are you trying to tell too much backstory too soon?
Does the first sentence/paragraph/page draw the reader directly into the story?
Why does the reader go on?
4. Are you placing events in escalating order?
What is the external conflict? Does it feed into the internal conflict?
Have you planned a logical resolution?
Have you set the pacing by the increase and decrease of tension?
Does each scene move the story forward or characterize?
Is there a dilemma or decision at the end of each scene/sequel?
Is there a proper balance of dialogue and narrative?
5. Does all dialogue reveal information/move the plot/characterize?
Does it move the story quickly?
Does it sound like real people talk?
Did you use contractions?
Does each character have their own internal/external voice?
Do you use dialogue tags properly at the end of speech?
6. Are conflicts resolved in order of importance, minor to major with the internal last?
Are resolutions logical?
Did you plant seeds to foreshadow?
Is there a black moment and a come to realize?
Are all the loose ends tied up?
Is the reader satisfied? Will he/she buy your next book?
7. Did you go back over the ms for proper manuscript form, spelling, punctuation, grammar?
8. Did you stay in viewpoint?
9. Did you use active, not passive voice?
10. Did you have someone you trust read the manuscript for continuity?
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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