If stories have structure, it can be said that stories have a shape as well. If you need more convincing, read on.
Notes on writing.
I’ve started my second, deeper editing pass on Tied, where I flesh out more detail and fix problem areas. I understand what didactic writing is, but it wasn’t until I was a fifth of the way through when I realized something.
What does it take to be a successful writer? Stephen J. Cannell has the absolute answer. It’s simpler than you think.
I’ve been lucky. Most of my jobs/careers over my lifetime so far have been interesting and fun. That made spending time at a job worthwhile, even when it took me away from other interests.
Thanks go to my parents for introducing the poetry of Dennis Lee to my brothers and I. Many of his poems I can still remember vividly. I sometimes wonder if exposure to his poetry at a young age formed part of who I am as a writer.
I’m a firm believer in outlining a story before writing the first draft. The outline isn’t written in stone. I allow myself to diverge if needed, but I always come back to the story line. It’s my map from A to B. Here’s a different method you might want to consider.
I don’t know about you, but if I go too long without creating something, anything really, including writing, animation, sketching, or photography, I get irritable. Down right nasty. Just ask my wife.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the story of “Sweet Pea & Friends: The SheepOver” by now. No? Well, read on. I’m taking a quick look at how it became a success.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have chosen to self-publish my first novel. The process can seem daunting, if I look at all the “moving parts” as a whole. So I don’t.
Writing is a solitary endeavor. I’m alone with my thoughts and some (not all) of them escape onto the page. Self-promotion through social media is a lot like that.