A Couple Things to Remember as a Writer (Part 5)
Hey all! As most of you know, this starving writer lives in Wisconsin which is currently getting nailed by a pretty large snowstorm named Draco (I giggled so much when I found out our storm’s name. I promise I’m a mature adult.) So things are snowy and white and look positively Christmas-y out here.
I’ll come back to the snow later.
I wanted to take a second to have a shout out to one of my college professors. BJ Best – poet and college professor. He has his own WordPress blog now for promoting his upcoming poetry books. Go check it out! I’m really looking forward to his poetry book “But Our Princess is in Another Castle.” Mainly because I’m a big geek. And I like poetry. That big geek thing too.
I’m still debating on the teaching abroad thing… but I’m leaning toward it. It sounds like a fantastic opportunity. My main concerns would be, you know, being away from everything I care about for a year. And the fact that I’m pretty shy and have some anxiety issues.
I love writing these little posts. I don’t know if they actually help anyone, but I like doing them! I can only hope they aren’t too annoying. I should also learn to write shorter posts. Seriously. Most of mine are over 800 words.
Read. A Lot.
So…this seems like some of the most basic advice I’ve ever given. But I’d forgotten about it. Doesn’t that seem so stupid? Forgetting to read?
Well, it happened for various reasons.
Anyway, after I read The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde in July I had a huge spike in creative energy. I wanted to write ALL THE THINGS. But then things got depressing for awhile and I didn’t want to write anything. Last week, I read Looking for Alaska by John Green. I’ve been feeling super creative since then. For me, it seems that reading renews my creative juices. It inspires me…it always has. So…read often. Renew those creative juices often.
In retrospect, maybe this is why it was so easy to write in college. I was always doing a lot of reading.
Experiment with New Ideas
Part of the reason that National Novel Writing Month was so exciting to me this year was because I was working with a different concept than normal. For the most part, I’ve been writing science fiction (though my ideas are all over the place). While there were still a ton of science fiction elements to the story I was writing…it was primarily urban fantasy. The characters weren’t entirely aware of the science-y bits…and that made it different and unique. Also, there was a ghost.
Working with something different was wonderful and I have every intention of finishing that novel some day.
And since I’ve been feeling so creative…I actually have a really different idea to work with. I might start shaping it after I shovel some more.
Try New Things!
So…for the longest time I was resistant to the idea of text roleplaying. It never really interested me. And then two friends made a site based in Dragonriders of Pern (which I haven’t read any of the books). I love dragons. I want a dragon in real life. It would be awesome to have a dragon in real life!
So I joined the site.
Since then, I’ve learned more about some of my original characters (including Aria, Jinto, Cheshire, and Stratton). I’ve also had two brand new characters fall into my lap. Quentin and Xenia. Quentin is a girl, by the way. I’ve gotten better at writing reactions and figuring out how certain characters would react in certain situations.
I’ve also expanded to playing on tumblr, which is interesting.
So…try new things!
This is my after doing some of the shoveling earlier.
Hope everyone is doing well!