It has been requested that I write bedtime stories for my future grandchildren. This page is primarily to remind me to do that, while serving as a storage place for said stories. However, I imagine on occasion I will want to publish some other short story here. Especially since I am taking writing classes starting this Fall term. I can’t wait!
So, I know The Write Stuff was intended for stories created for future grandchildren, but as writing is both a professional endeavor and my main hobby, I figured this story was worth recounting and recording.
I have been doing a lot of personal growth recently and the other morning I had an idea for a story develop quickly and nearly completely intact. I immediately wrote myself an email containing the rough outline for this story and sent it to myself. I expected to get right to work that day on a rough draft. Instead, I found myself unable to start. Something was preventing me from starting out on this story. The type of story I’m writing now is exactly the type of story I have been trying to figure out how to tell for years. This is my vision, my version, my voice.
Perhaps due to the personal connection I felt to the main character, or perhaps it was due to the groundwork I’d already done in my psyche, but whatever the reason for once I decided to listen to myself rather than deny what I felt I needed to do. The result has been the focus of the majority of my energies on my various blogs. It turns out I needed segregated, specific writing venues in order to focus my interests and my writing.
The confidence gained from listening to myself has led me to take other steps. One of those has been being more open to unconventional styles of writing.
As a result, I am more productive when I do write. I have also learned that it is O.K. for me to plot out backstory and then begin my story at the logical, or most-likely-to-hook-the-reader, point. I’ve always tried to start my stories at a point just before the first hill on the roller coaster, so to speak. Now, I’ve learned to start at the top of the first hill instead.
One last benefit: when I write, regardless of what format I’m using, if the final product is something other than a text or email, I count it toward my total words for the day. This boosts confidence, as well as skill, as I become more fluid in my thought-process and more confident in my ability to convey what I want to write within the first couple of attempts.