I love Jodie’s advice. Especially items 1 and 2 about staying in character and out of your own head when writing. When I look back at some of the things I’ve written here, I can clearly see the difference between times when I felt, thought and experienced the story as the character as opposed to just writing about what I thought the character would feel or think.
She also has good points on pepping up story dialogue.
StoryChesire posted a compilation of insightul and helpful rules by author Stephen King. I love this list because it’s straight to the point without fluff or a sugar-coating. Out of the 2o rules listed, the two that stood out for me were #1 and #10.
I believe it’s human nature to want our work to be great, accepted, and admired. However, the truth is that some will like what we put out and others will give a simple meh. If we can be happy with our work, shouldn’t that be enough? Of course, write for the audience, but should that be the major driving force?
When it comes to first drafts and editing, I’ve been causing myself more stress for the sake of meeting a self-made deadline. I’m working on a first draft of a book now and my goal was to have this done by the end of this month. Well, guess what? It’s not going to happen. Unfortunately, life intervened. So I really appreciate the wisdom of Mr. King on this one.
Of the 20 rules, which stood out to you? What would you add to the list?
Right now my brain feels as empty as the bubble above the lady’s head in the picture. Well, maybe my head isn’t empty, per se. 🙂 I’m just having a moment of writer’s block. I’ll have an idea and begin to write something, but it doesn’t make sense or there’s no where for me to go next. I thought about just posting a collaboration of my illiterate ramblings, but don’t want to embarrass myself.
I will admit that there is a lot going on right now in my personal life, so it is possible that my brain is just overloaded to where it cannot connect the dots. So, while I get over this issue of creativity I thought for the month of August I’d post tips about writer’s block from other wonderful authors and bloggers from WordPress. Enjoy!
XOXO, Melanie Dawnn
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