Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Breaking Down Writing - The How and Why?

*NOTE: I am away on vacation. This post has been scheduled for your enjoyment. So...Enjoy!*

As you can see from the note above, I'm out and about for the next two weeks on vacation. I'm recharging my batteries and - hopefully - getting some writing done on the down time (planes, trains, and buses, oh my). Which made me wonder...how do you write? And why do you do it?

I write with every conceivable tool imaginable. In black and white marble books, in tiny spiral notebooks, on random pieces of paper, on napkins, and of course, on the computer. I've even recorded notes to myself using my phone. I used to always write with paper and pen, but I find my brain works too fast for my writing to keep up OR I write so fast that I can't read my handwriting afterward. The keyboard is definitely the superior method - 100 wpm minimum. No speed limit here.
Many writers use music as background noise or to get them to feel a particular emotion. I can't write with music at all. I've tried; I've failed. I need the bustling city background noise or the TV set on low. I can also write in relative silence, but music throws me off. I end up typing the lyrics or concentrating too much on the song. *Criss cross will make you, jump, jump! (Dedicated to Soul)*
Methods for writing come almost as varied as books. But, if you want my suggestions (and your reading this blog post, so I assume you do, *batting eyes at you*), I've added them to this handy list:
  1. Write whenever the muse calls, no matter where you are or what you're doing, stop and write! (But, don't only write when she calls. See #2)
  2. Write every day. Even if you're in a bad mood or feel sick or can only sneak in fifteen minutes, write.
  3. Set a word count each day or each week. Goals will help you keep on track and the overall picture in mind. (My word count goal is 1k per day)
  4. Use what works for you. If you like music, use it. Prefer silence? Find a quiet space. Know yourself.
  5. If you tell friends and families that you're a writer, then you have to act like one. This means saying NO to some of their requests. Your writing time is your writing time.
  6. Get involved with writing communities (like Absolute Write, Savvy Authors, or Pitch University) and professional organizations (like RWA or SCBWI).
  7. Pick your critique partners and beta readers wisely. They can make or break your work with their feedback. You want them to be solid. (#6 can help you find good ones)
  8. And most importantly, remember WHY you write. For me, I write because I can't imagine not. 
How and why do you write?

1 comment :

  1. Number 8 is perfect for me. I write because it is in my blood. If I didn't write, what would I do?

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