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The Juices Are Flowing Again

Okay, so this is a personal-type post. Many months ago I shared that I felt I was in a fog on my writing journey. For the time being at least, the fog has lifted. I’ve just finished polishing entires for a contest and then sending them off. They’re out of my hands.

Now it’s time to create. And I’ve got a few ideas competing for attention in my brain. Or, as writers will surely understand, the boys in the basement are sending up some good stuff. And the creative juices are flowing!

First, I am anxious to finish some proposals for my second novel. Then I will be sending that proposal to a few agents. No reason to be nervous there…right? [insert sound of dry heaves].

Then I have to decide which of the ideas careening in my cranium is going to be the one to turn into my next Work In Progress.

When you have more than one idea for a story, how do YOU decide which one to go with? I’d really appreciate hearing your reply to this.

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That Small But Loyal Band”

One of the disciplines that I try to keep up as a writer–and one that I recommend to writers at all stages of their writing journey–is to keep two types of reading a part of your regular routine: First, always be reading a novel or two. Read novels of all genres. Learn to appreciate the skill of another writer’s ability to tell a story. Second, always read, and reread, books on the craft of writing. And don’t limit your reading to only your particular type of writing–fiction writers can learn from those inclined to the non-fiction side of the table, and visa versa).

I’m glad to tell you about the craft book I’m reading now, because it has been a tremendous blessing to me. It’s published by Writer’s Digest Books (they have several great ones), and is called Word Painting: A Guide to Writing More Descriptively. I highly recommend this book by Rebecca McClanahan. It’s impossible to quote every line or paragraph that has wowed me (I think there are laws discouraging such liberal borrowing), so let me share just one quote (emphasis mine):

“Unlike visual artists, we [writers] have no brushes, no clay, no glazes, no many-colored palette to aid us in describing our world. And unlike performing artists, we have no keyboard, no trombone, no toe shoes, no tutu, no midair leap with which to stun our audience and ourselves. What we have is the alphabet, that small but loyal band of vowels and consonants.

Since the word is our only tool, we cannot afford to be imprecise…”

Writers are artists. I’m awed and humbled by that concept. Moreover, we’re using what has been entrusted to us as writers–namely words–to paint new worlds, or at least new perspectives of the old world, for our readers. It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But writers know that the right words–precise and evocative–can be worth a thousand pictures in our readers minds.

So paint away, my friend. Gather that “small but loyal band of vowels and consonants” into a work of art. The world will be a more beautiful place because you did.

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