perils with writing and whatnot
During the last three weeks, I’ve subscribed to some blogs that I’m hoping will influence my writing skills, disciplines and motivation. I could just continue to write, hoping that what I put down in written words will sell. Others have done it before. But I was to feel confident about my writing. This in itself can make a difference on how well my stores and I are received by the readers.
Holly Lisle has courses at her site, How to Think Sideways Writers’ Boot Camp. Many of them cost, but not that much. However, because my budget is so tight, I just can’t afford them. She does have one course that is free, which will teach me how to write flash fiction. In addition, she offer the Ugly Baby Writing Challenge, which I’ve also joined.
I have yet to find out why she has put this title on this event. The only ugly baby I’ve ever seen was Benjamin Button. It did get my attention though and that might have been the whole point of title.
From what I’ve read so far about the class, it will go over things that I really didn’t expect to be covered along with material I already know. As much as I dislike (note that I didn’t say hate) doing anything associated with business, it does have to be dealt with as a writer. Otherwise no one is going to be reading what I write except for what is in this blog.
My first assignment revolves around how to create characters that will entice the reader. This is the part of writing that I have the most trouble with. This strikes me as being strange because I think of myself as a pantser instead of a plotter. Because a writer is evolving his or her story around characters or the plot, it seems logical that a pantser does the former. Yet, I go skipping down the writing lane by the seat of my pants (a pantser) but focusing on the plot. Is this really possible?
Even just skimming through class material, I have discovered that I’m going about creating a character with a backward process. I’ve been getting into the character’s head first, trying to explain his or her norms and traits. According to what I’ve read thus far, I should be on the outside looking in at the character.
I’m still on the first draft of two stories I’m writing. I’m relieved that with both it is just the first stage in the long process. It’ll be relatively easy for me to change my perception of my characters before starting the second draft.
I hope this course is going to help me as much as I think it will. I plan to share my progress once a month. I do this more for myself right now, but I think that eventually it will show you, my readers, what can be done without spending any money.
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