Saturday, October 3, 2015

On becoming a writer

At book club last week, Sarah asked me if I thought I'd ever write a book since I read SO much. Annie kind of answered for me and said that I'd started a blog to improve my writing skills. That is somewhat true. I'm not sure I could ever write a YA or adult book. I'm just not good at writing descriptions of things. But I have always wanted to write a children's book. I just haven't had a good idea...yet. But maybe I would like to write a chapter book or middle grade book. We'll see.

In the mean time, I do need to improve my writing. This blog is helping. But it's more like writing emails to people, and I'm pretty good at that type of writing already. I'm still working on improving my book review type writing. But what I really need to be practicing, if I want to write a book, is my story telling ability.

http://amylivesay.com/writing-a-different-story-can-we-lead-a-better-life

While reading Fangirl, I took Cath's professor's advice to heart. She tells Cath to start with something real. That all of her novels have some basis in truth. So I am going to TRY to do that. I would like to write some short (probably VERY short) stories. I'll start with things that have actually happened in my life and write a story about them.

That should be a good way to learn to write descriptive stories, right?

Stay turned for some stories (or at least one)...hopefully in the coming month.


Are you a writer? Do you aspire to be? How do you improve your story telling skills?

4 comments:

  1. I wrote stories constantly throughout high school. And then the busyness of college hit, and it fell completely by the wayside. I've done a little writing here and there since then, but nothing serious. I love writing my blog, though. Every time I sit down to write a post, I'm reminded how much I love writing. Hopefully someday I'll have time to write stories again. Best of luck to you with your writing endeavors! :)

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    1. Thanks, Julie. I haven't written much since I was in grade school. I did write a couple stories for my son and his cousins a couple Christmases ago. That was fun!

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  2. I consider all writing of any kind good practice! And critically thinking about what I'm reading to discover how those stories are built (like thinking about the pacing and plot arc, how and when plot pieces were revealed, etc.).

    I have a hard time writing about things that really happened to me. There are definitely autobiographical aspects to my stories, but I only really get into telling a story if I can edit it and make the dialogue snappier and imagine it however I want. I lie awake many nights rewriting my *own* dialogue from the day. So making the "truth" more interesting is always an option, especially if you change settings and characters and give the story newness and independence.

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    1. Good point, Rachel. Reading and reviewing is good practice in the formulation of the story. I hadn't thought of that.

      Yes, I will definitely just be using the truth as a starting point. I'd been waiting for good ideas of what to write, but I think I can practice by embellishing the truth. :)

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