Thursday, May 26
Nuggets of Writerly Wisdom
I love writing advice. You know those little nuggets of wisdom we reap from reading author interviews?
Last month, when we did the author interviews, I asked Jennifer Brown her favorite writing advice and she said, "Begin your story on a day that is different."
I've been thinking about that a lot lately. I restarted Bix on that day and it's kind of jelled the beginning to blend in with the ending--once I finally get there.
The other night, as I was falling asleep, Ainsley from The Journal Keeper started talking to me. Of course, I got up and wrote what she was telling me--and no, I'm not switching gears and leaving Bix in a lurch--. And the next morning when I got up and read over the notes, I realized that if I start her story on the day where something is different, I can weave the back story in as needed.
It's an amazingly freeing realization.
So, now I'm going to impart my own writing advice. When you get stuck, get up and away from the computer or your pad of paper. Take a break and do something physical. For me, it's gardening or a jigsaw puzzle. Those are two activities that I can totally immerse myself into while my writerly brain plots behind my back. I can't concentrate on pulling weeds or piecing together the puzzle and think about Bix at the same time. But, somewhere inside my head, gears are turning and by the time I sit back at my computer, the words are flowing again.
What's your escape of choice?