Good evening! Letting go is never easy! My story has come to an end — a second end, that is! The extra time was necessary! I wasn’t ready to say “Goodbye!” in November. But…the time has arrived…or at least, I think…okay…Maybe! Never has my heart felt heavier than to bring closure to my 2016 novel….I mean, really, just how long can a novel be before it’s considered too long? Find the details HERE. After reading this amazing article…it appears that I am in the ‘safe zone’! Now it’s time to go deeper! – Adjust my lens! – Put my EDITOR hat on! Edit! Edit! Edit! I have avoided this stage long enough – I realize that I must ‘put my heart on the shelf‘ to allow my novel to live. I must force myself to let go of my precious characters. Saying “Goodbye!” means having to critique my very own characters. Confession – this is a very difficult stage in the writing process for me…especially this year – because I am very attached to my characters. Is this normal??? How many of you fabulous writers get this attached to your characters? Before you answer…Do I want to know this answer???..LOL
© Daily Writer Girl 12/29/2016
Good morning! What happens when your pages are not clear? Confusion? The characters are misinterpreted? The author’s point of view is misunderstood? The reader abandons your story? The reviewers – oh…it takes courage to imagine what they might write! Unless….of course, we make sure that our pieces are clear – that our point of view is clear; that our characters roles are clear, that our title and our content are congruent. When we are clear, we are honoring ourself as a writer and we are showing deep respect to our readers. We are increasing the likelihood that our readers will want to stay with our pieces from cover-to-cover and linger in anticipation of our next published piece. This is the desire of many writers that I have followed – it is also my writing desire! Before printing a piece – or publishing – I ask myself, “What am I trying to say in this piece?” Then I re-read and edit until that particular point of view is resolved. For example, today, I wanted to write about “being clear as a writer” and the question I share at the opening of the post are the very same questions that I ask myself before I begin a piece. When I keep these questions in mind – in the process of writing – it keeps me focused on my intent for the particular piece to be clear. How do you approach your pages to ensure that your writing is clear?
Good evening! Today I was inspired by an old tape recorder (I am sure there are some folks reading this who remember that great gadget). I was observing the function buttons and thought how similar the prompts are to how we chose to behave in our life….allow me to demonstrate –
FAST FORWARD: This button is for people who skip ‘the process‘ and speed ahead – learning that ‘the process‘ was there for a reason.
REWIND: This button is for people who live life full of regrets – thus always wanting to return to their past and fix something – only to realize that if they had the chance to actually do this, they would not want to change anything.
STOP: This button is for people who get stuck – they make no progress for long periods of time – in essence, they have lost their desire and motivation to move ahead – so they remain where they are, and pretend to be happy.
PAUSE: This button is for people who have learned to relax and live life at a healthy pace – they live long, happy, and healthy lives.
PLAY: This button is for people who keep moving forward, despite obstacles – they are driven! They reach their goals!
This is just my creative spin on these function buttons that I will utilize with my characters in future stories that I write. Make up your own – or let me know which of the categories created above that you feel best fits your behavior.
Good evening! Ahhh…a tease of Spring today! Love it! Days like these make me homesick. When I create characters that stray far from home, I can dive into the pages because this subject really pulls on my heartstrings. I comfort these characters with fragrances and sounds that are similar to their hometown, then slowly introduce them to the new surroundings. I hear this statement a lot – “Home is where the heart is!” I’ve seen it displayed on pillows – and posters – and wooden picture frames. Personally, I think it is the other way around – my heart is back home – and that is where I keep my characters heart too. While I do not think I will ever return to live in my hometown – I know that I could never stop visiting. Every time I travel down the highway and get closer to home – I feel a warm sensation in my heart that reminds me how special home is. While I create a comforting environment for my characters new dwelling, I keep them connected to their hometown. I’ll keep doing this until one of them surprises me and rejects my theory – it’ll be an interesting surprise because I cannot say, as of today, how I would actually handle such a surprise.
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! Have you ever thought about the affect your own self-esteem has on your writing? How often do you measure your self-esteem? Self-esteem is a key element for writers for many reasons. I want to touch on just one of the reasons today – whatever level our (writers) self-esteem equals at the time we are writing our story – our characters stand a high chance of mirroring that level. This is why it is a good idea to measure our own self-esteem level before we dive into a story. We cannot expect our characters to perform at a level that we are not able to, can we? Imagine that you have completed a self-evaluation and rated your self-esteem as ‘high’ — that would equate to your confidence in your story being high as well as your confidence in your characters ability to perform in your story. However, if your measurement equates to ‘low’ — chances are high that you will be throwing away a lot of paper or deleting and re-writing a lot of scenes because you will not have the confidence in yourself, your characters or your story. There is good news in such a realization, if your self-esteem measures ‘low’ — this will be great motivation to put methods in action to increase your self-esteem to boost your own confidence which will have a domino effect — your confidence will build in your characters and your story as well.