Now that I have a whopping one month of extra writing experience under my belt, it’s time for the next set of Writer Confessions! Let’s get down to it.
- I admitted to the leader of a prose-writing workshop my worst fear was being misunderstood. He misunderstood what I meant.
- Procrastination can be weaponized. If you have trouble motivating yourself to write, assign yourself another pressing task to do. Slap a deadline on it the coincides with your latest writing goal. You will be amazed how much writing you’ll suddenly find the excuse for.
- My handwriting now is much worse than my handwriting in kindergarten. It no longer resembles English in any way. People ask frequently why I write in hieroglyphics, and how much Arabic I know.
- There’s a place for planning, timelining, and regimenting, but also a place where you need to just…let go. Do some yoga breathing. Mutilate the stress ball. Make the best decision for your story, even if it’s spontaneous or contradictory to your original idea. You can’t force the shape of your narrative.
- Even if you’re a free spirit who doesn’t buy into literary shtick about theme, motif, and symbolism, it can’t hurt to brainstorm a word cloud of things you associate with your gestating story. Plus word clouds are fun.
- If you hate yourself but love your novel, use your word processor or an online application to hunt down the words you use most often. “Phantom,” for instance, is a neat adjective you might use on one page, but probably should not use on every page.
- Many writers draw profound inspiration from pain and tragedy, and pour it out as raw expression. I fell down both sides of a snow-covered hill yesterday and am still trying to find the meaning.