All I learned about writing from the village of bloggers.
That’s my theme for this A-Z Challenge.
Well, let’s be truthful. No way could I cover everything this amazing community has taught me since I began this journey. But I’m going to try.
That’s the first thing I learned! Just like that bike at Christmas, or a bookcase from Ikea, or writing a book there is always some assembly required.
How many times have we groaned after seeing those dreaded words on a box?
Also, it pays to follow instructions.
Now if anyone knows me at all, they know I’m more of an eyeball-it type of person. Not a read instructions type of person.
I mean come on, with a good saw and hammer I can make anything fit. Who cares if I’ve got an extra screw or two left?
But I’ll admit writing is a bit different. And thanks to so many good writers and bloggers on the world-wide web, I’m getting better every day.
Yes, I’m still more of a pantster but I’m also learning how to structure my scenes better so that the bookcase won’t be lopsided. Nothing worse than having to shove a block under one edge to keep it upright.
So what did I learn about Assembly required, or in writer’s jargon, Structure required?
- Assembling a story does not have to dismiss my spontaneity or pantster style of writing.
- It’s okay to sit down and just write the first draft.
- That structure can be as rigid or as flexible as I want. After all, I’m the author, this is a world of my creation.
- Help is available at the end of my keyboard. Reach out and touch someone.
- That I must assemble scenes, multiple story lines, and characters into a mosaic of that become the story.
- Then let an editor tear it down because I left out a screw or two and then I must reassemble it all over again.
When and if I’ve a beautiful finished and polished manuscript…..
- It’s time to assemble the physical book.
Yes, some assembly required to be a writer.
More reading on story structure.
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