Pay homage to your souls passion by showing up to make use of it. Face it, your desire for success and fame will never be realized if all you can manage to do 90% of the time, is daydream about what you are going to do. Hard work is favored with reward. Believe that you must show your dream some respect by putting in some time and attention to create your masterpiece and hone your talent. Strive to do your best and you will become your best.
Structure your schedule to include a time frame where you will work at your craft. Simply put, WRITE EVERY DAY!
If you are serious about giving the hours of creativity, then hang on tight, your soul is about to get a big dish of what it hungers for. At first you will feel a sense of satisfaction for your effort, but then the payoffs begin to roll in. Your writing is going to improve, and here is a map to guide you closer to your goal.
- There is no such thing as writers block.
- Get up thirty minutes earlier and start a dream journal.
- Keep a doodle pad handy, or colored index cards for brainstorming.
- Research at least once a week on your plot theme and structure.
- Read an article about writing every other day.
- Don’t read what you have written.
- If your mind is wandering, do a brainstorming session and mind-map your ideas.
- Read everyday in your chosen genre.
- Be open to new ideas and try one on once a week.
- Stretch and breath and drink lots of fluids. Don’t waste your time surfing the net.
- Instant gratification is a lie and will get you nowhere and you are wasting precious time seeking it.
Writers Block: Seven Ways to Get Unstuck
You may be unable to write the thing you want or need to write, but that doesn’t mean you can’t write something. And that’s the key to breaking out of a funk. It’s like loosening up your muscles – once you get warmed up, your workout will be easier.
Here are a few tips for turning your brain cramp into a writer’s cramp:
- Write something else. An email, a blog post, a grocery list. Anything to get a little momentum going.
- Free associate. Put pen to paper or fingers to keypad and write continuously for 15 minutes without stopping. Seriously. Whatever comes to mind. What you had for breakfast, what you see in front of you. Just do it.
- Try some creative writing. Write about your childhood home, your first memory, a favorite teacher or best friend. Turn on the TV. Take a line of dialogue you hear and use it as the starting point for a story.
- Go online. Find something that really fires you up – sports, politics, the weather – whatever floats your boat or gets your goat. Read the comments and you’ll see how regrettably few people online are impeded by writer’s block. Join what passes for debate there and post a comment of your own. You might find that all you really need is to stir the passions a little.
- Change the scenery. Go somewhere else to write.
- Get moving. Get up out of your chair and take a walk or go for a run. Get energized.
- Read. Great writing inspires me. See what it does for you. Pull out a favorite book, or go online and track down the screenplay to a favorite movie.
Start a Dream Journal
What happens when you dream and what happens when you write is not so different, really. They both connect to the subconscious. All the weird stuff that floats around in your subconscious can be a good place to go when your work-in-progress gets blocked up. Make a game of it: choose some random element from a recent dream and work it into a scene you’re writing. It will keep you going—and in writing, if you just keep going (somewhere… anywhere!), you often end up headed in the direction you genuinely needed to go. The very act of keeping a dream journal stimulates the recollection of dreams. So the more you plan to remember, the more you remember.
- Tell yourself you will remember your dream. If you sleep for the recommended 6.5 hours or more, you have five dreams every night. If you tell yourself and convince yourself that you will remember your dream, you will remember at least one in the morning.
- Keep your mind focused before you fall asleep. Try to keep one idea in your head. Think about a news story you heard this morning. Think about your significant other. Dream about future kids if you don’t have any. Think about what color you want to paint your bedroom if you’re really desperate. Just try to keep it focused and don’t stress. You might remember a dream about this subject when you wake up.
Keep your journal near your bed with a working pen marking the next blank page. In the moments you waste looking for the journal, you will lose memories.
Your dreams can sometimes inspire you to write. Even the characters your mind creates can be used. Many best-selling authors say that their characters were created in their subconsciousness; their prime method of communication is through dreams.
Your Plot Theme and Structure
Theme is what our story means. How it relates to reality and life in general. What is says about life and the infinite roster of issues, facets, challenges and experiences it presents. Theme can be a broad topical arena, or it can be a specific stance on anything human beings experience in life.
It can be a principle or an inevitable stage of growing up. It can be subtle or it can be on the nose. It can be contextual, or it can be the centerpiece of the story. And because it can be all of these things, or seemingly none of them yet strangely moving, it is often confusing to writers who can’t quite grasp what it means to the craft of storytelling.
Theme is the relevance of your story to life. To reality, as reflected in your fiction. Theme is love and hate, the folly of youth, the treachery of commerce, the minefield of marriage, the veracity of religion, heaven and hell, past and future, science versus nature, betrayal, friendship, loyalty, Machiavellian agenda, wealth and poverty, mercy and courage and wisdom and greed and lust and laughter.
Theme is life itself, as manifested in our stories, as seen through our characters, and as experienced through our plots. Take the time to do research on your theme and it will help you develop your story.
If you are feeling a bit stuck, try to find the real life equivalent to your plot. Then, do research to find out what actually happened, and use the real life events to invigorate and expand your current plot.
- In a few sentences, write the basic action of the plot. For example, If your story were The Heart Stays, you might write: “A Native American College student gets a scholarship to an Ivy league School and had to deal with the unexpected arrival of her troubled sister on campus.”
- Go onto your Internet and Google. Use a simple sentence, for example, “Native Americans who got scholarships.”
- Open several of the websites that come up, and see what kind of information you discover. Make notes of anything that is interesting or surprising.
- Now repeat the experiment, but this time research another aspect that interests you. Once again using our example, you might research “scholarships” and see if the details match the ones in your own story.
- Repeat the exercise one last time asking one more question about a different area. For example, I might want to know how many scholarships were offered to Native Americans.
To recap, research can be a way to enhance a fictional plot. The trick is to find a few rich details and stop.
It goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of your vocabulary: exposure to published, well-written work has a noted effect on one’s own writing, as observing the cadence, fluidity, and writing styles of other authors will invariably influence your own work. In the same way that musicians influence one another, and painters use techniques established by previous masters, so do writers learn how to craft prose by reading the works of others.
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