Sitting down with your characters…

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As I embark on a new story, a timely resource from K.E. Weiland

I will say, though, that the interview technique doesn’t work for all writers. Some prefer to let key traits unfold along with the story.

I straddle the fence on this, as I like a quick get-acquainted visit and then I move on to  other prewriting ventures.

Whatever your leaning, however, spending time with this and other posts on her site always pays off.

 

Writers Horoscope November 20: Today, resistance comes knockin’…again.

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Maybe you’ve put a face to the voice of doubt

But you’re just getting started.

To quote Steven Pressfield in The War of Art, ‘resistance never sleeps.’

You will hear the knock at the door every day.

It is a daily struggle.

To quote the author: “From age twenty-four to thirty-two, Resistance kicked my ass from East Coast to West and back again thirteen times and I never even knew it existed.”

So, knowing it exists, aim to win today and worry about tomorrow, well, tomorrow.

I’ll close with perhaps my favorite quote from the book:

“Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” 

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Once again, a sincere note of appreciation to Tara Rodden Robinson for not just introducing me to this book, but actually gifting me with it, way back in 2006.

Further proof that she really wanted to change the lives of her students.


No commissions here. Just another book I believe in.

Writers Horoscope November 19: Today, you step out in faith.

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You reach for your pen and, to ‘make it happen’, you ‘write it down’.

This is the key message of Henriette Anne Klauser’s Write It Down, Make It Happen.

It is a go-to book that reminds you to put your whole life–not just your writing life–on the front burner.

Many thanks to Tara Rodden Robinson for introducing me to WID,MIH back in 2006.


No commissions here. Just a book I believe in.

Writers Horoscope for November 18: Your latest project? Bigger than you’d planned.

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So you’ve shrugged off criticism.

And writer’s guilt? Gone for now!

But someone approaches you with a profitable offer and, freed of fear and doubt, you say, “Yes.”

Uh-ohhhh.

Here are a few tips on tackling a big writing job…[Note: this is geared toward academia, but the guidelines still apply.]

On the fiction side, try some prewriting strategies.

Writers Horoscope for November 10: You’re overthinking things.

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There is prewriting. That’s good.

And then there’s prewriting hysteria. Not so good.

Create a basic framework as a starting point and let inspiration and imagination fill in the blanks.

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Contradiction alert!

However, if you’ve signed onto a previously promoted two-month ‘finish this!’ program, well, just ignore the first draft suggestion above.

Hey, it’s the writing life! No one said it would make sense.

 

 

 

Writers Horoscope for November 8: Your writing = selfishness.

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The voice is back.

Today’s message: “Forget this aimless pastime. Spend time with family, friends, pets, yard work…fill in the blank. Something constructive, something that leaves a mark.”

[Notice I didn’t mention the dirty dishes.]

Hang in there. Today’s haunting is just another version of resistance, another creeping doubt meant to undermine your creative work.

Suggestion: write a quick note to ‘the voice’.

Other than this brief authorial detour, make it clear it won’t deter you. [Nice that you’re engaging in the very activity the voice wants to inhibit, by the way.]

Use a large font size. Print it out. Post it above the computer.

Some folks even name the voice and put a face to it. Sounds like a hint at the next entry…