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.
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.
Today I am taking it upon myself to try and break down this subject for writers, based on some of the best advice I've seen out there for artists - and therefore, bringing in an entirely new perspective for us writers.
The year 2021 is upon us. After a pretty rocky start to the decade... *looks pointedly at the corona virus* ...I think all of us are ready for a fresh start. Usually, I kind of make fun a little of the way people start the new year with a flurry of resolutions to do new things and better themselves. But I thought that, after the craziness of the past year, many people would look at their lives with a fresh perspective. Time is short, and sometimes crazy viruses try to cut it even shorter. With these morbid thoughts around to spur people on, they might finally find the motivation to start that book they've been dreaming about for years. Combine that with the new year and buckets of resolutions, and you've got people deciding to finally write their book! And that's where this post comes in! With new writers beginning, I thought that they would need some assistance. So, I'm doing a post on one of the earliest steps of writing to help them out a bit: brainstorming.
Think back to when you first began to write: is your writing process different now from what is used to be? Mine certainly is. In fact, I've been spending the last couple months trying to nail down my own personal writing process (which is definitely a post all of its own). I've had the chance to know several different writers as they began writing their own stories. Something I noticed - both from my own experience from when I began as a writer and from hearing about theirs - is that new writers seem to like to edit. A lot. As I've been doing a couple of posts recently with tips for newer writers, I thought that today I would tackle this question for them: is this editing while you write a good way to go about writing? And for you seasoned writers, don't leave just yet. Believe me, this post is about to get interesting. 😉
"Julia, how do I make my story longer?" I look up from my book, a mug of coffee resting at my hand. "Longer?" I repeat. My younger sister, Christina, nods. "I'm almost at the end, but I"m not sure if it should be longer or not." She heads over to the computer, popping it open. I trail after her, coffee in hand. "How long is it? In words," I add. "It's about six thousand." "What's it about?" "It's about this girl who has to defeat a dark overlord." "And where are you at?" "I'm almost at the climax. It's my best story idea yet, so I want it to be good." I pause, mulling over this information while taking a sip of coffee. Finally, I say, "I'm going to tell you something. It's one thing that, by adding it, will instantly improve your entire story and revolutionize your writing." Christina stares. "Length doesn't matter," I tell her. "It's all about the character motive." This was a conversation I had with my sister a week ago. After it happened, I knew that I had to write a blog post on the subject. Let's dive right in.