Monday, January 5, 2015

My Revolutionary Resolution by Deborah Lytton: January Theme

I was talking about the January blog theme of Resolutions with my daughters, trying to decide how I wanted to share my ideas about beginning a new year.  My fifth grader, who is studying the birth of America, thought I said Revolution rather than Resolution.  She is getting ready for her Colonial Faire, so it's not surprising really. But I realized that she was onto something.  We, as writers, need to revolutionize our writing. We need to turn our systems upside down and try something fresh.  A new storyline, a character so unusual that it can spark an entire manuscript, or even a string of words never before put together in just that way. So this January, I am going to revolutionize my writing by changing the way I work. For this entire month, instead of beginning my writing sessions by diving into my WIP, I am going to go back to something I did when I was first exploring writing. I am going to warm up with writing exercises. One day, I am going to prompt myself with a word, and the next with a quote from a favorite book. The third day, maybe I will just outline a character sketch without any plans to use it.  I am going to stretch my creativity, challenge my imagination and hone my skills all at the same time. I challenge all of you to do the same.  Revolutionize your writing and try something new.  Share your ideas with me--I have 31 days to fill and lots of new ideas to explore.
Happy 2015!

3 comments:

  1. I love this idea Deborah. Perfect for stretching the rusty writing muscles. I started a jar of "bits" that I pull from on days when I just need some inspiration. It's stuffed with scraps of paper...favorite quotes, names, dialogue bits, plot ideas, etc. Maybe I'll pull some out and see where it leads...

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  2. This is SO true. This year, I'm shaking these up by doing additional indie work. I don't think anything's helped me grow quite so much. I feel like I've made real progress with this upcoming release...in many ways.

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  3. Oh, I do love this, thinking in terms of "revolution" rather then "resolution." Aux armes, citoyens! Auz armes, auteurs!

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