Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for following my blog and helping me to build my Writer’s Platform. I never thought, not in a million years, that I would have 300+ followers on anything, so this really means a lot to me. Please help me boost my numbers by following me on Facebook and Twitter.
This has been an incredible year and I can’t believe how much I have written and posted on this website. Not to mention how much I’ve learned. Just having this site is forcing me to keep up with my writing, designing, photography, and even… *shudder* my coding… Between this and Round Robin Writes, I know that I will be able to keep on top of my crafts.
I am so thankful to have the love and support of my family, friends, and my boyfriend Kiel (who maybe bought me a Pandora bracelet for Christmas? hint hint? So super duper hopeful…). And it is always a pleasure to be working with K. Leigh, Magdalyn Ann, K. Carneglia, and Cym Adkins.
In the new year, Round Robin will be publishing a collection of short stories, so be on the look out! Also, I am determined to finish Charlotte Holmes (who is now in the YA age range) and submit to more literary magazines and writing contests.
Looking forward to writing for everyone in the new year!
Well–see you next year!
In lieu of having answered the most common questions about writing, I’ve decided to replace the weekly Tuesday posts with writing prompts. If you are curious about my writing process or have any other questions about writing, specific or general, feel free to contact me using the form on the about page and I’ll be more than happy post your answer.
You may remember my, and quite frankly everyone else’s, advice about keeping a journal that I posted just a few weeks ago. Well this is an extension of that.
Keep a book that is just for ideas. Don’t actually explore topics in that notebook. Use a different one to write out the adventure. Keep the list in its own private document so that it won’t be muddled by notes for other things like where to take your dry cleaning and directions to the concert.
I. Making outlines is helpful to some writers.
- Depending on what I’m writing, I actually write outlines.
- Not always, because they can be cumbersome and a waste of time if I choose to format them.
- Outlines help organize your thoughts.
- They also make it easier to see the pacing of your fiction.
- If you notice most of your chapters have five events, but one chapter has sixteen… well… you know which one needs to get cut up and made into separate sections.
Sounds like common sense but let me make it clear.
KEEP A JOURNAL!
A real life, physical book with blank lined pages for you to hand write sentences in. And use it for everything.
Write down that weird dialogue that just popped into your head even though you don’t have a story for it to go into. Write a list of things you want to write stories about. Write poetry. Write prose. Write microfiction. Doodle.
Just do it!
If you fill up a notebook a month you will have 12 BOOKS OF IDEAS by the end of the year. And they’ll all be yours.
You might have access to all those wonderful writing apps I’ve been talking about but try to refrain from dong your primary composition on your phone, tablet, or laptop. Many studies show that handwriting information helps you to remember it, this will help keep you from losing your place in your work.
Maybe you’ve seen the “Let’s eat Grandma!” example, maybe you know about the strippers named Hitler and Stalin, maybe you think commas are like sprinkles and they make your ice cream-like writing taste better and look pretty. Who knows. Perhaps you’re one of those overly excited writers!!! You know, the ones who like to put multiple exclamation points after their sentences!!! Or maybe — just maybe — you learned one day that there are two –count ’em two — types of dashes and you think it’s — like —cool to put them everywhere in your writing to replace all those — frankly useless — commas. If any of this applies to you: this writing tip is for you.
It’s the classic: show me don’t tell me.
It’s also a cop out in your writing. Oh, sure, it’s factual too. The sun is indeed shining. Are the birds chirping as well?
Chuck Palahniuk’s article on Lit Reactor says it very well. You’ll have to “un-pack” the description. This photo for example. Try describing it at face value. I came up with:
I’m going to admit something up front here. This post is going to rant about something. It is, however, very important for anyone who creates content on the web.
It’s very important. It helps clear up your blog feed and your site content. It makes it easier for your audience and prospective followers to peruse your content. Most importantly-it makes it easier for your audience to scroll through their feed without having to read your 8,000+ word story because you were too lazy to click a button after the first paragraph.
The most important thing for a storyteller to do is ground the reader. By the end of the first paragraph the reader should know the name of the narrator or main character and the setting. Some writers like to keep this from the reader, but remember that readers shouldn’t be confused about the story at the beginning.
Think about it this way: You go to the doctor’s office and after your check up the doctor says, “Hmm… that’s not right.” Then walks out of the office. You follow him because you are curious and somewhat terrified about what isn’t right and catch up with him at the counter. He stands in front of you reading his chart.
“Well, what’s wrong with me?” you ask.
“Huh? Oh, hold on.” He walks away from you again and goes into a different room.
Your writing is sacred even before it is finished. Whether you keep in a notebook and write out on the front lawn or you keep it on your computer and compose at your desk, the space you create in is also sacred and should be treated that way by you and everyone else.
As I’ve stated in some other Writing Tip Tuesday posts, my writing space is messy. Truthfully, although I do use the applications that I told you about in the last two Writing Tip Tuesday posts, I prefer working on my desk with a cork board, post-it notes, push pins, and yarn (to draw paths between scenes). If someone came into my space and cleaned it–a lot of my work would be undone.