The best and worst writing advice I’ve ever received.

Best Writing Advice
Best Writing Advice

Best and Worst Writing advice I’ve ever received.

Best advice, and hardest, I’ve ever received : “Do your thinking on the page.” I go over things far too many times before turning on the computer, so put down far too little. If it’s there in my head, I don’t realize it never made it to the page. When you do it all on paper, yeah, you ramble. You have to go back later and delete that shopping list. But some of your musings will remain as interior dialogue for your characters, some may spark other stories, and some will just make you laugh when you stumble over them later

Worst advice: Choose one project to concentrate on, perhaps the one furthest along or the one with the most commercial potential, and put the others aside.
Result: the worst block ever!
Since then I learned of Asimov’s method of avoiding writers’ block, a system that propelled him into prolific status. He kept 5 projects going, before computers he had a different typewriter devoted to each project, and if the words stopped on one project, he’d just proceed to the next.

Outliner vs. Pantster
The first sounds professional, the second invokes images of toddlers stepping out of their training pants.
Outliners know a lot of what they will write before they begin. Pantsters write by the seat of their pants, and discover where the story is going along with the reader. I have attempted outlines, and will continue to do so, they seem so productive! But don’t hold your breath, the works I have outlines for were all finished before their outlines came to be

What about you, what advice works for you?

Let us know,

Write on

Kathy

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Ideas for stories and novels.

As a novelist, I find the problem is not a lack of ideas; instead, it is finding one that will go the distance. I play with it until I find the emotional connection that compels me to write it. Often that is a part of the story’s theme. I suggest figuring out the theme of a novel as quickly as possible, use it as motivation to finish it.

Below are some sources of ideas that work for me.

  • Some person that intrigues you
  • A newspaper article (the catalyst of my present endeavor)
  • Something on social media
  • A sentence you’ve overheard  (if you don’t yet eavesdrop, begin)
  • Something you’ve done that would look strange to anyone watching: (my romance novel originally began, “Seated in his car, Jason watched as a strange woman exited her car with a bridal bouquet of orange roses. Not dressed in white, she then tossed the bouquet of orange roses over her head into the apartment dumpster behind her.”)

Your turn. What works for you?  And let me know if you have a specific topic you need covered immediately.