Good evening! Anticipation can be joyful or it can be physically draining. There are many things that people anticipate in this life that we live – here are just a few that come to my mind – the birth of a child; a score from an exam that we study very hard for; a highly sought after award nomination; the date of an event you want to attend; a winning touchdown from your favorite football team; or a positive review from a book critic in a national magazine or newspaper. Does it not make you feel anticipation when you read any of these scenarios? How can we incorporate anticipation into our daily writing? Actually, as writers, we live in a mode-of-anticipation — as most writers wake up making a mad-dash to a writing device to capture an idea or a scene – this same routine, no doubt, repeats itself throughout every writer’s day — and we love it! This is the type of anticipation that brings joy! How do you handle anticipation?
Monthly Archives: January 2015
Good evening! Frequently, I persuade myself to be exposed to something new – to inspire me. Today I observed a very large group of people dressed as a character of their choice and expressing the behaviors of such characters. It took much courage for these individuals to express themselves in such a confident manner. I connected with them easily because — that is what we (writers) do so well — we live vicariously through our characters, I feel that is how we are able to write life into our characters. While observing the attendees who lined the entire venue, I kept thinking, “I hope I invent a character that these very same individuals will want to bring to life.” — It would be an honor to have my work displayed in this manner!
Good evening! I understand that there is somewhere in the neighborhood of about 49 days until Spring — hmmm…but who’s counting…I can handle that!
Good evening! Have you ever watched kids play with a set of “LEGOs”? I have observed this multiple times and noticed how similar it is to the way writer’s work. Notice how a child looks in amazement at the bundle of “LEGOs” when they pour them from the container. They move the many pieces around carefully as they are very selective in which one they will choose to begin to build their very own masterpiece. Notice how often they take a small step back from their project to observe their progress before they add the final piece. Notice that one-of-a-kind smile that follows achievement and admiration of “work well done.” Compare those same steps to how we (writers) complete our projects. We, likewise, pour tons of word from the dictionary and stare at them in amazement. We, likewise, are very selective in which of those words we choose to include in our breathtaking story. We, likewise, step away from our story (to journal or free-write) to observe our progress – such as, are the scenes cohesive to complete the story. The results, likewise, generate a one-of-a-kind smile that reflects “work well done”. Let us continue learning from the innocent behavior of children that reap amazing results.
Good evening! A common saying in the writing field is, “Write what you know!” Does this method work for you? I tried it – It felt comfortable to “write what I know” — I will always incorporate this theory into my writing. However, if I had stuck with this message ‘alone’ – I would NOT have given myself permission to take the NANOWRIMO challenge – what a mistake that would have been! Fortunately, I enjoy challenging myself in all areas of my life, writing included. Frankly, it scares me to stay in my comfort zone too long. Pushing myself beyond my comfort zone to tread in uncharted waters (fiction) – added many benefits to my writing; the depth of my content increased, and my productivity skyrocketed. Surprisingly, I felt more empowered writing what I ‘did not’ know — my mind was stretched – I grew in every area with my writing. Growth is important to keep my writing current. Such restrictions keep us (writers) from achieving our full writing potential, as this process revealed dormant skills ready to surface and create amazing stories. What writing challenge are you currently pursuing?
Good evening! As we approach the end of the first month in 2015, let us not forget that January inspires beginnings! Do you remember the moment you realized that you were a writer…the very moment that your writing journey began? I feel like I have hade multiple beginnings with my writing – but this January, 2015, I have been more inspired – than usual – to really try to pinpoint that exact moment that I discovered that I was a writer! Every story has a beginning, middle, and end. Isn’t it amazing how important the beginning is? If we cannot entice our reader into our story in the beginning – then the middle and end of our story stand a high chance of getting lost. If this theory holds truth… that would mean that the beginning of our story is the anchor of our novel! Wow! Let’s keep writing more amazing openings to strengthen the beginning of our stories – to keep our readers around through the middle and end of the journey. What did you begin this January?
Good evening! Curiosity! I find this trait to be both a strength and a weakness – as a writer. It is a strength in that it keeps me alert to anything that could be the genesis of a new story. Yet, it is a weakness in that it interrupts my sleep with visions of new story ideas. Sometimes, when my curiosity awakens me to analyze a vision to determine how it can be incorporated into a story, I ask myself, “I wonder where the “off” button is for my curiosity trait?” However, when I see the results on my pages that my curiosity enticed me to input into my keyboard – I recall that thought! You know what — I, honestly, would not want to turn off my curiosity trait because I know that, without it, I would not be capable of writing on a regular basis. Yep, curiosity is not only a keeper — it is an absolute necessity for daily writing! How do you tame your curiosity?