On writing: NANO
I know it's been quiet on here guys but I’ve been working on some writing for both my novels as it is a particular month. I do not plan on just forgetting my blog exists but I will focus more on my blog posts helping out those who are trying to trek in the novel writing journey as well. Many will laugh at me for dedicating so much time to a craft that may go nowhere but a craft like writing can never be unuseful.
My first bit of advice is drink coffee and plug at ideas like a construction worker build a house. Writing is a lot like building a house by believing in your story. The base of the house is the idea of the story and as we write it grows bigger till its a complete home for the characters. We are construction workers of our imagination. A house can crumble, a castle can fall, and a dream can fail but as we write we continue to strive against such lengths or odds that are against us. November is the honor of writers so let's write like we only live once, and dream like we only got now.
I’m not great at using scrivener...actually I have no idea how to make it work as it's set in scenes but I just delve into my story fully prepared for the unknown. Ideas are like rain they tap to us constantly and make us feel soaked to the brim in our head until we have that one idea that may be outlandishly out there. I believe a boring story is one where our blood, sweat, and tears only went into half hearted. If you agree with me you can start writing out some ideas till you have about three pages of plot advances or plot ideas for a story. Don’t limit your plots by genre just write them out and then see what genre or genres it might fit. A story that fits two genres is better than a story that fits one. If you pick an idea and think its over done just remember no one has written in your perspective of it. Twists create stories, and stories create twists.
Secondly, do not feel defeated if you do not finish your novel in national writing month. It is here to help us slave away at the book or give us a better understanding of how many words we need to write a day in order to get our book done. I’m not large on having a set goal with writing due to my ability to just get lost in my writing like a ghost. Once my fingers start typing they have a hard time stopping. It’s kind of like a jogger who in the early morning mists starts her run but can’t stop when she unusually does because it's such a nice morning. Writing is not a peace a cake, or a craft that we can just work at it a little bit a time. Any writing we do must come to us on the blank page like a calling. We must lie to our readers that writing is easy by creating works of art that are easy for the readers to envision our images. Evoke the mind and you will have a reader that won’t stop reading till the very last page.
Thirdly, if we do not feed our demons we will products of raw garbage on our pages. Writing is about taking our demons and making something better at them. We did not read Harry Potter because we thought he would fail but because we wanted to understand the demons in humanity. I promise that by looking at your own demons or your own problems in the form of a fictional character true meaning will coarse out of your pages. My novel into the gray is completed but as I work on editing or adding in scenes I find my plot flawed so I fix it. But nonetheless, a novel is a story we must write. Writer's block happens most when we are stressed but if we turn around to write we may find our demons can be laid to rest on the page.
A story is a connection to humanity. We don’t write because we want to be far away from humanity. We write because we want to be as close to humanity as a stalker is to its prey. Observe the way humans treat each other and we will have the perfect fodder for a story that makes its readers pine for what happens next. If you want to achieve greatness believe in your story but not yourself. It is not you writing the story but the characters in the story. If you think about it this way we are just the machines making the characters have the ability to chose. Choices are what makes our world function and the same can be said for a story. If Harry Potter didn’t chose to take stand up to Lord Voldemort would the story have happened at all? Always remember to let your characters make life altering decisions even if it leads to their death.
With that said, I want you guys to leave some comments about what you're doing for writing month as I continue to trek in both my novels. I do hope to get a few of those long awaited blog posts out this upcoming week when I get a chance, and as always Thank you for keeping it cool guys and gals.