Saturday, September 19, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
My book is published and doing good. Now there is time to get back to blogging. I have a new series idea that I’m going to start today about our “writing personality.”
What is your writing element? Are you like the breeze that blows about, moving, changing, having fun, forgetting where you are going? Are you a sparkling stream flowing, reflecting, going deeper and deeper, taking the path of least resistance? Maybe you are terra-firma, a pathway, grounded, complex, with many layers. Are you a flame, lighting the way, glowing, purifying, enlightening, blazing a path?
Each element has it’s own writing style, strengths, and weaknesses. First we will examine the “Writerfly” because that is what I am.
Picture a butterfly flitting from one flower to the next. Why doesn’t it stay on one flower? Because it has tasted it already and is ready to move on to the next. Each flower is an inspiration, a new adventure, fresh nectar.
THE WRITERFLY STYLE
Writerflies cannot sit too long in one spot. We get bored and need new nectar. I will work on one project but not in the same place. Each time I move, I get new inspiration. Even the walk from my office to the front porch fills my mind with fresh oxygen that sparks new ideas. From my front porch I move to the back. From there I go to the chair in my bedroom, then it is back to the office. When changing writing spots in the house no longer inspires, I go to Barnes and Nobel.
If, after a long day of flitting from one flower to another no longer works, I do something else. I may read – remember, good writers write but great writers read – take a walk, clean house, or cook my husband dinner. All the while keeping a paper and pen close by to write down all the great thoughts that fill my mind. That gives me a great jump start the next day.
Don’t berate yourself because you cannot bury yourself in a project. Your writing will always be fresh, uplifting, touching, and clear. With the starting and stopping help you with clarity because you think about what you just wrote and if it will work or not. All that exercise as you move from one spot to the other infuses your creativity with oxygen.
We writerflies are easily distracted and sometimes forget to land in a “writing spot.” Rather we land in front of a television, talking to a friend on the phone, working on a project in the garage, playing solitaire on our computer, surfing the net, or shopping. Knowing this about yourself, give yourself boundaries – no flitting away from your writing garden!
Another problem area is that while we are extremely creative, we are not good with editing. We love details as far as painting a picture with words, but we can't be bothered with boring things like using the correct tense consistently, or spelling the word correctly. And we've also been known to use there when we should have used their. So, make sure a writerterra checks your manuscript. (I'll tell you why a writerterra is the best to edit your work)
Writerflies tell such good stories that even writerterras get involved in our stories and miss our mistakes. I've found that out the hard way after TWO revisions of my book, Inspire! Even my editor missed them. So here is an editing tip: take a pen and touch each word and read it outloud. It keeps you focused, albiet boring. But this is better than the embarrassment of having a book full of mistakes. And you will save money on bookdoctors! That leaves more money for coffee at your local Barnes and Nobel the next time you fly there to create.
NEXT UP: THE WRITERBROOK