Welcome, my fellow blogging friends to another episode of Once Upon a Bumble. If you are just joining us for the first time, welcome. For those who joined last week in our forum discussion, first I want to say I’m amazed with the overwhelming response. I say it’s free advice for me, but I do hope you gained something from it for yourself. Thank you all for taking the time to participate.
Last week’s question was about how we decide WHAT to write. The second thing I want to share is that my overall feeling from last week’s discussion resulted in renewed motivation for my writing. This is a huge for me. I have you to thank for that.
Allow me to share all I that I learned from your excellent, insightful, and honest comments. I will paraphrase and hope that I get it right.
Many of you have written novels (congratulations!); some of are in the process of writing a novel; many of us plan to write one someday; things get in the way, such as jobs, life, blogging….
Ideas and inspiration could be random and hit you spontaneously while walking in the park, reading something, or watching a TV show.
It’s important to write all your ideas down; Carry around that notebook. If you don’t, you will not remember. (This is true for me.); Let your ideas rest and mull in your head. If you remember them weeks from your initial inspiration, your idea may be a winner.
Ideas are strung and cobbled together piece by piece; it’s not necessary to concentrate on the whole; ideas may come out in scribbles and words, and dots can be connected later; don’t delete what you think is garbage. You may want it later.
Write to feel alive; stories are fighting to get out; in the beginning it’s best not to discriminate; the hardest part is getting started.
Many ideas come in dreams; perhaps our minds are processing all our cobbled ideas.
You may seek inspiration from people or events in your life; maybe there you will find answers; some feel writing from experience makes more sense and writing what you know.
Breathe life into your characters; they have a life of their own.
The process of writing is probably unique as our fingerprints; you may be trying to develop who you are as writer; using your strengths and writing what you prefer or attempting to create and communicate a greater truth/beauty.
An outline may be helpful; it’s best to let the story unfold on its own; no writing plan.
Writing as a physical activity, not drumming at keyboard; writing and coming back and fixing it later.
Don’t get stuck; don’t be afraid to move ahead in your story and connect your pieces later.
Write a few pages a day.
So, keep writing. And then, write some more. That’s the important thing. There is no easy, magic formula. Dang! Of course, there isn’t. I Well, I hope that was useful for you.
We know that writing requires a lot of practice, patience, and perseverance. I like to compare it to other activities I have experienced in my life. I was a dancer for a while, a runner. I could always manage to keep taking class and get a run in. Sometimes my writing is an extra activity, something I must squeeze into my life. If I could treat more as a daily practice, I feel I would be a lot more productive. So far, I wouldn’t give myself a good grade.There’s room for improvement.
Certainly, we all have obligations, families, jobs, commitments. So, I guess my next question is along the lines of how do we get this done. How do we keep it up?
Question for today:
WHEN do you write?
How do you fit it into your life? Do you write every day? When you’re inspired? Do you have a writing routine? If you don’t, do you think it would help if you had one? Do you write in the morning/night/any hour? For how long?
Do you try to write a quota? Pages? Words?
What’s your secret?