Sunday, March 12, 2017

On the March by Darlene Beck Jacobson

March has always been a month of possibilities for me.  Renewal.  A chance to begin again.  Plants that have weathered storms and survived cold and drought sprout new growth every year.  Why shouldn't I be abler to do the same with my writing? 

Regarding a WIP or a new project still fermenting in my mind, I might try to:

M aybe look at characters in a new way.  Let them have a spring awakening and rediscover their own dormant abilities. What "storms" have characters weathered?  Dig deeper into the "soil" of their lives.
A llow characters to make more mistakes.  As E B White says: "A mistake is simply another way of doing things".
R efuse to rush to the most obvious path for resolution or conflict.  It's easier to do so, but not nearly as much fun for the reader.
C hange what isn't working...no matter how hard it is to "kill" a favorite scene, plot point, or character. And chuck out those adverbs!
H ang out the "dirty laundry" in character's lives.  Air the juicy tidbits that make a reader a bit uncomfortable or show a darker side of a character.  It just might be the best path to the story you want to tell.

March forth with renewed enthusiasm for writing!
 

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for springtime inspiration and some great writing tips, too!

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  2. Ooh--love the "dirty laundry" and the mistakes.

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