- I like to plow through the first draft at warp speed with minimal planning. I need momentum ( the product of the mass and velocity of an object: p = mv ) to keep going. I can't write everyday feeling like I'm at square one. The bigger and faster the MS, the easier it comes.
- I need an idea strong enough to carry a story, and just enough characters to start. The rest falls into place as I go.
- If I'm bored while writing, I'm writing it wrong. Delete and try again.
- I like to sit and play out the scenes in my head, and get a feel for them before I begin typing (or dictating) them. I play them in my mind, and hear the characters dialogue, it seems to come more naturally this way. After I have that scene, the typing flies by. I feel happiest with the scenes that I wrote this way.
- I must love my main characters.
- I must understand my antagonist(s), and empathize with how they came to be on that path.
- I must love something about each scene, or it needs deleted or changed.
- I can't watch television while first drafting... unless a character on the show/movie, reminds me of one of my characters in my WIP. *then it's research ;)*
- I like all types of books, and I want my MS to be a complex blend of genres. Life is not one genre at a time.
- I can not read while first drafting. It pulls me out of my story.
- I love word sprints. :)
- It usually takes me about a third of the MS to get my characters right. I cast my MC twice, my villain four times, and my female lead three times. But when its right... it makes all the difference.
- "Casting" my characters is when I find their voice, mannerisms, and behavior tendencies.
- Chemistry is so very important.
- It must not be forced, it must be fluent.
- I can not write in public places. I always find myself more engaged in the people around me, than my story.
- Don't write for the market, write what you are personally passionate about. Marketing is for later, not for composition. I feel it stifles originality and voice.
- A character picture (usually an actor), a soundtrack that reminds you of your WIP's tone, and just typing/writing that first sentence is usually all it takes to break through inhibitions. The first sentence is always the hardest one. Just type anything.
- Coffee helps.
- Daily goals, no matter how small are important.
- A friend to keep you on track and encouraged is priceless.
- It's not how complicated and elaborate your plot is, it's how you unfold the story. Anticipation is thrilling.
- Make the reader want it before they realize its what you're doing.
- Everyone likes surprises.
- Very few things are more satisfying than completing a manuscript.
- Few things are more dis-satisfying than not writing.
- I like lists. :)
Saturday, July 14, 2012
What I've learned this year...
Things that I have learned about myself this year as a writer: