Just a quick post for this week (yes, I know it’s a little late).
A lot of new writers (and admit it, we were all greenhorns once) may not realize that even though solitude, along with quiet, may be necessary to write, you can’t write in a vacuum. (C’mon, of course not literally. There’s no air in a vacuum, and you’d have to wear a space suit, and that’s really hard to type in.) Well, you could, but you wouldn’t be taking advantage of something that is vital for good writing–another set of eyes. (I’m sure there are exceptions, but I’m talking fiction writers.)
I’m neck-deep in my WIP, working through adjustments to the storyline (again) required by adjustments to the plot (again), so I’m trying to stay away from online distractions, and dedicating a couple hours every night to writing. I’ve got a tight deadline I’m working against, and doggone it, this (re)writing stuff is tough.
Still, even though I’m hammering away at the story, I’m working with my writing sisters to ensure what I’ve written makes sense plot-wise, and especially character-wise. That’s the importance of having fellow writers you can work with, and TRUST.
I think most published writers have critique groups that help fine-tune their writing. If not a group, then one or two people who are also writers or writing teachers they can engage to look over their work. I think new writers often don’t “get” this, at least not right away.
(Don’t worry; it’s just like anything else. You’ll learn.)
When I work with my writing sisters, they help me see bits and pieces that are out-of-character or not logical to the story. They even help me see how scenes or characters I’ve written to solve a plot problem actually enrich the story or a character. Huh. Never thought of it that way, but they were absolutely right.
Every time I sit down to write, I think of them. I have a treasured group of fellow writers who help me stay on track (I think I have someone’s boot-print on my butt from the kicking 🙂 ), and I try to help them in return.
Whether you join a writing group, meet at a writers’ conference or retreat, or connect online, having other sets of eyes on your work is critical (okay, my opinion, but almost every writer will say the same). And get that brainstorming wall prepped. Sometimes those writing buddies will open your eyes to new possibilities in your work.
*flips the Do-Not-Disturb sign*
Alrighty then, back to work. Enjoy your week, and Happy May Day!