Reading humor can help shake up your brain in ways that loosen up the creative portions and help you produce better content.
The early career of a freelance writer can sometimes feel like whirling in circles on a carousel. Here, fantasy novelist and freelance writer Rebecca Laffar-Smith, discusses writing and the writer's life from inspiration to publication.
Thursday, September 27, Part Two: Seat of the Pants vs. Planning Two writing techniques, "Seat of the Pants" and "Planning"expose writers to a wealth of opportunities depending on what works best for their individual preferences.
As with all methods, there are advantages and disadvantages. One system will work for a particular writer but may not work for another. Finding a way to write that works for you involves a great deal of trial and error but finding your method and developing it, is the key toward successful productivity and an enjoyable writing experience.
These writers start with a character or rough story concept and leap into the writing. Most of the time, these writers focus on the linear creation of their novel, from page one through to 'the end' but others find their creativity focused in random scenes which they put together like a jigsaw puzzle.
They get to know their characters, brainstorm about them, and become familiar with what they expect from their protagonists. Planners usually outline their story. They know their theme and story-worthy problem. They know how the book will end and they know at least the major steps on the path to getting there.
Writing in this manner gives writers the freedom to let there imagination roam. The uncertainty and lack of direction can lead to writer's block. Planners proceed with more confidence because they know where they're going and they know what steps to take to get there. These writers need time to focus on where they are and what each scene needs to accomplish to tie into the scenes around it.
The Adventure of Discovery Pantser Pro: Writers enjoy the journey of discovery, watching the story, plot and characters reveal themselves as they write.
The plot can meander without purpose, be virtually non-existent, or not contain enough conflict, emotion and connection to be story-worthy. Planners have a story outline and include intricate details long before they begin writing.
They have the opportunity to weave vital clues and connectivity into the plot from the first page of the first draft.
Already knowing the significant details can sometimes lead to a sense of boredom. Writers can often experience extended periods of creativity that lead to pages of finished writing in a single sitting.
These bursts are usually followed by inaction and stagnation. These writers often find it easier to find their flow. They tend to schedule time to write and get into a grove, developing the habit which allows them to write what they need to write when they choose to do so.
The structure and routine can become repetative or restrictive giving writers pressure to perform which often leads to writer's block. Linear or Random Method Pantser Pro: This technique lends itself well to both linear and 'out of order' creation that gives writers flexibility in both time and scene focus.
Stories can feel piece-meal or disjointed if not carefully rewritten and well edited after the first draft. With their outline in hand, writers can choose which scene to write when and have the knowledge of the scenes that will eventually surround it to weave it into the story.
Planners can feel rigid and may avoid following an instinctive urge to deviate from the outline and feel obligated to write a specific scene, even when it is not flowing for them.
Writers enjoy discovering their characters as they develop slowly through the story and run less risk of revealing too much too soon or too little that readers never grow close to the primary characters. Sometimes, not knowing your characters can leave them without the depth needed to keep readers interested.
Writers are familiar with their characters, know them deeply and predict their responses to situations. They often feel like dear friends and can develop a strong connection.
These writers run the risk of revealing too much or too little of the characters to readers, are so close to their characters that it becomes hard to 'do what needs to be done' if the plot calls for their demise or even become candid, taking their character for granted or simply get tired of them.
Structure and Discipline Pantser Pro: This method allows writers to write when they feel inspired which often makes the process of writing much more enjoyable.
Lack of structure and discipline can lead to an inability to plan ahead for deadlines or focus on other writing projects.Sep 27, · They know before they begin dedicating weeks to writing the first draft that they have a solid, worthy story to write.
They also tend to be the sort of people who can structure their time and discipline themselves for regular writing. When you read a novel, you get to walk in the shoes of your favorite character—whether a chivalrous knight on a medieval quest, a clever detective on the hunt for a killer, or a brave blogger dealing with mental health issues.
I think that is absolutely magnificent statement and I know for sure, remarkable writers, just like remarkable public speakers, can write the whole story in their .
Writers may write a particular piece for payment (even if at other times, they write for another reason), such as when they are commissioned to create a new work, transcribe an old one, translate another writer's work, or write for .
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About the Author: Betsy Mikel What a GREAT. 9 Things Great Writers Do Every Day. Written by Neil Patel @neilpatel What they don’t realize is that it takes some serious effort to create great stuff. That article that is so easy for them to read is actually really difficult for you to write.
Actually, I bet they could write, if only they type it out faster. You don’t have to.