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Writing & Voice

As I begin to write my new novel, Left Brain Right, I’ve been thinking about how to keep my character’s individual, and unique voices separate, which can be a problem for many writers.  As a teacher, we love to use things called “anchor charts,” so I went off to search for one on the internet for things to consider when thinking about voice . I couldn’t find one, so I made my  own.  I hope my early morning ponderings can also help another inspiring writer as well.


Writing Tip 2: Getting Unstuck

Writing Tip 2
Dated 6/4/2017

Tip 2: Getting Unstuck.
Treat writing like a puzzle.

When putting together a puzzle,
one doesn’t have all the pieces in place automatically.

One takes each piece out,
sorts it
finds similar pieces
places them together
and then slowly connects smaller images
to the larger one.

Over the last two days,
I’ve been wrestling with my timeline.

Then, I had an idea!
Write what comes naturally first.

Focus on the small images that I can easily see and connect,
then go back and fill in the gaps to the larger picture.

As authors
we generally know the story we wish to write,
but we may get hung up on the order.

One way to get “unstuck” is to think outside the sequential time line.

Writing from the climax first.
Writing from the ending of the story and going backwards.
Writing from one characters point of view and voice only
then going back and writing it form the other character’s point of view and voice.
Focus on only writing about the setting, or the conflict, or one character.
Use post-it-notes to write down ideas and then place them on a wall for order.
Write, print out pages and place them on the floor like a puzzle.

By treating writing as a puzzle to be solved,
rather than a time line that has to be followed,
we are able to allow ourselves, as writers, to develop flexility and creativity,
which generally doesn’t come all at once but comes slowly,
one snapped-tother piece,
and section,
at time.

Writing Tip 1

There may be days
when I am busy working on something else.
– Researching what I am writing.
– Thinking about what I am writing.
– Seeing if I want it to go from where I have it,
or seeing if I want to scrap what I wrote and start over.

On these days,
I will post writing tips
rather than the next chapter/day of
my writing.

Tip #1 – Dated 6/3/2016

Set up a specific time to write
each day.

Start Small, fifteen minutes,
and build up as able.

I have found that one hour,
on average,
is good for me.

Occasionally, I get into
a two to three hour
writing marathon.

Much more than that,
makes me wordy
and rambling.

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