November 7, 2012
Hello my fellow insecure writers! As I have written in my previous posts, I have been on hiatus from my blog and I have discovered deeper reasons for my need of a leave of absence. I was trying to run before I could walk. I am still working on my first draft of my first book AND trying to keep a blog and social networking. That and I added a few things to my plate.
So here is my advice for my fellow insecure writers: don't be afraid to start slow, but don't be afraid to take off running. Do what works for you. If writing is what you love than just write. If your getting your name out there, great! Keep it up! You can probably do it better than me.
So am I still writing? YES! Just not on my blog. I have been self-critiquing my current draft of The Mythical Male and when I don't have my computer (or when the dam breaks and I NEED to write the latest story in my head) I've been writing a story I'm calling Princess Knights.
One thing I've been looking for in my minimal spare time is advice on how to create characters when you already have a plot in mind. I've come to learn that when it comes to writers there are plotters and character stalkers. One sets out the plot from start to finish then writes. The other makes a character and something that character wants more than anything, then writes about everything that can keep the character from his/her goal. I'm somewhere in between. I think "What if...[a girl switched bodies with her crush's dog/a guy inadvertently saves the life of someone evil/ect.] and then write what happens, but my weakness is creating characters for these stories. Any advice?
Thanks again to my the fellow IWSG members and especially its creator. Click the icon at the top of the post to see more. I hope my few words of encouragement helped someone out there.