January 2015: Write On Fearlessly!
Think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences.
I found this 3"x 7" piece of paper while I was clearing out a box in December.I don't know the author so I can't credit he or she for this advice. The quote is part of a bigger article on "Inner Peace." When I read this quote, the realization came to me that I wasn't approaching my fiction writing with spontaneity. I was trying to take the rigors, frameworks, and rules of writing to create my stories.
My family and friends ask why I submit myself to the challenge of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This quote elicits the joy and abandon I feel during November. I write spontaneously. My fingers fly across the keyboard. My characters write the story.
Yes, there is a flexible outline. The characters are defined, but they are in charge of the story, not me. I write my 50,000+ words in 30 days without worrying about spelling, redundancies, verb agreement, and consistency.
My resolution this year is to let the characters and my critique group help me polish my book using all the tools available to a writer. I am going to use my writing tools with the same enthusiasm as I had when I wrote my first draft. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Writing should be similar to the creative process of cooking or baking. The ingredients are defined by the recipe, but you are able to enhance the outcome with your additions. No two bakers have the same results with cakes or cookies. No one makes soup that tastes the same. So writers who follow the basic rules of writing have a wide berth to create their own story.
Happy New Year my readers. Let me know what New Year resolution you made this year to enhance your writing experience.