f you've been around at all this year on my blog, then you probably noticed the extremely long series of posts I did on following your heart as a writer. 😆 In it, I talked about your Why: a message in your stories that inspires you to continue working on them. It's why you push through the hard times of writing it. That series was really about accessing your unique abilities as a writer, and so for that context, referring to this message as a Why made sense. However, in my own writing, I don't actually call it that. I decided while writing that series that I would need to write a post afterwards on the Why - and what I actually think of it as - because simply by changing the word, you create a whole new mentality when you're working on the story.
I think that all pantsers have this fear inside of them that making a plot will box them in when they try to write their story, limiting their creativity. That fear keeps them from trying to outlining. They want to be creative, and in their eyes, having a plot stops that. If you don't know, I actually used to be a pretty hardcore pantser. I don't think it shows very much anymore, but that used to be the only way I wrote. Some of those leftover fears from my time as a panster still lurk in the back of my mind, though. (Also, WordPress keep trying to autocorrect me whenever I write 'pantser' into 'panther'. 😑) However, as a person who now refuses to walk into any book without at least some semblance of a plot, those fears have taken on a different form in me: the idea that, while I'm plotting, maybe I'm plotting too much. I need creative freedom to go meandering down whatever paths happen to pop up along my way, and if my plans have to be followed exactly, then I can't do that. So how far am I really willing to go with my outlines?
Due to a reason in my personal life, I won't be posting today. Hopefully I'll be back next week. 😊
Wow. Okay. So... today is my 4-year blogiversary? 🤨 How did that happen? 😂 Okay, in all seriousness... I'VE BEEN BLOGGING FOR 4 YEARS NOW. WHAAAAAAAAAAT??
I'm not sure how many posts are out there that teach writers how to name their characters; probably none, because who even writes a post on this subject?? Literally every writer ever has named characters before! Who would think that anyone would need to hear advice on this? Well... Me, apparently.
In each post of this series, I've talked about different ways you can access your unique abilities as a writer - either in a conceptual way, or in an actionable way. Today, in this final post of the series, I'm bringing everything together to show you how you can use all the posts I've done to help you unlock your unique abilities as a writer. I posted in an order that allowed me to build each post upon the last and teach you better through that; but now, I'll be showing you how they can all tie into you and your process. Also... today's post is going to be formatted a little differently from all previous posts. I'm going to tell it in a little more of a story format - but don't worry, it'll make sense pretty quickly. 😉
I've presented a mix of why you should do things and how you can do the aforementioned things throughout this series: it's like a smoothie of concepts and actionable tips. 😆 But today's post is going to be some of both. We're looking at a point in the process where you are working most closely with your heart: figuring out what will happen during a story. Aka brainstorming. We'll look at some specific applications based on what I've taught you throughout this series, as well as some very actionable and concrete tips. Let's get right into it. 😎
What is one thing almost all writers want? Or at least dream of, to some extent? If you just guessed being published, then you would be correct! Many writers dream of being published someday, whether just to see their book on a bookstore shelf or to share their Why with the world - and the people who need it. But did you know that there is actually a dark side to the idea of publishing?
Every writer is different, but so is every book you write. On the surface, it's a fact that's easy to glaze over. Like, yeah, sure; of course they're different. They're separate books. But this idea actually runs deeper than you realize. It's something I have to constantly remind myself of while working on manuscripts. I don't really think that most writers realize this until they've written a couple manuscripts, but it's something that you really need to know.
Every writer is different. It's a line that's been in the title of every post in this series so far. We've talked about really accessing your unique thoughts and feelings and putting yourself and your joy first as a writer. We've also talked about finding your unique style and process, because how we work differs from writer to writer. However, while these posts are about accessing your abilities as your amazing and unique self, I have yet to address this concept that every writer is different in detail. Hence today's post! Today is going to be a little less tip-filled, but is still just as important. I mentioned the concept slightly in the last post: that as you grow and change, your writing will as well. If you want to be able to consistently keep up your amazing writing abilities, this is definitely some good information to know.