If you were going to hide gold, where would you put it?
I have to admit, I love gold.
And our writing, when done well, is as shiny as gold.
That’s my goal: to write as well as possible.
Your writing prompt today is reading.
Read this great article, and maybe even buy the book.
I love William Zinsser. I’ve never read this book, but I know I would love what he says here, as I believe these ten hints are genius.
PS Check out the links below the article for more things to read before you write today.
If you could change one thing about your novel, what would it be?
If you could change one thing about you as a writer, what would it be?
I woke up at about two in the a.m. last night.
Lay in bed and realized that my whole life is chaotic and I am always behind. Always.
This isn’t new.
I used to sign my name Carolwhoissofarbehindshecanseeherownbutt.
How do I get caught up? Organized? How do I get rid of things? Make time for what I love to do, like read and write and take walks and cook and eat and spend time with my girls and go to lunch with friends and learn to do watercolor work and and and?
It’s no secret (unless you’ve never heard me say this, and then it’s still not a secret) that I believe we make time for what we love.
But what if we’re tired?
Feeling like a failure?
Missing dear friends?
Upset about things from the past?
Hmmm. I could go on and on.
Getting organized in your writing may or may not be easy.
Here’re a few things I found on the InterWeb to help.
Write three goals on how you are gonna get organized.
Send them to me.
I’ve lost my phone.
This worries me as I have an appointment with two friends. What if I’m late?
I fought against getting this phone. But year before last when people were messaging all over Waterford trying to find me, and the last time my agent had to listen to Carolina’s weird answering machine, I realized it was time to get a phone of my own.
Where is that darn thing?
What has your main character lost?
How important is it to her?
Does this loss play a necessary part in your story?
Look through your novel. IF this loss is important, in needs to be present. It can’t be forgotten.
When Rick Walton was ill, he was always on my mind. Always. He’s still on my mind quite a lot.
Loss can be anything. Anyone. Keep it age-appropriate, and remember loss for a young child is as important as for an older person, even if the object isn’t as huge as a lost cell phone. 😉
Write the perfect birthday party for your main character.
Write the worst birthday party for your main character.
Now, do this exercise for the antagonist and one other character of your choice.