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Sharing My Unedited Writing Experiences & Life Experiences.

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March 28, 2016

Can I Be In Your Book?

Can I be in your book – is probably the most irritating question anyone can ask me.anythingyousay

I would like to tell them that they already are. That everyday life for a writer is taking pieces of everything that goes on around them twisted and placed into words that work well on paper. I want to tell them that each character may have something that was said to me, or a description that I thought of when wanting to describe a characters appearance that I stole from those I know. I don’t tell them this – and if I do they normally reply with something like:

“Oh, so that character is me?”

No! That character isn’t you. That character has said something you said that I found worked well for the situation. That character has your nose because I liked your nose. They aren’t you. They are their own person with pieces taken from others I know.

If that doesn’t shut the person up they usually continue the questioning with:

“Then can you make me a character in your book?”

No! Don’t get me wrong, you are a wonderful person that I keep in my life for many reasons – but creating a character of you isn’t one. A character I need to know intimately. I must know their worst fears, their deepest desires, their sensitive secrets. I cannot create a character of you without knowing every little thing that makes you you… and that honestly isn’t what I want to do.

I create characters because they aren’t real. I create characters because if they do something wrong there isn’t a real person who will get upset. My characters aren’t always going to be safe, happy, friendly, paragons. If I was to make a real person a character there is a very large chance I will make that character do something so horrendous that that real person will get offended, angry, or upset. I could try to explain to them that this character of them isn’t really them but they would likely say something like:

“You believe I could/would actually do ________?”dontaskme

Maybe? Maybe you would do those horrible things because I do not know your thought. Maybe you would do those horrible things because I am writing a story.

If I create a character based in reality my story is no longer my creation. My every move would be judged and scrutinized by the people I’m using.

So, NO, I will not make a character of you. No, I will not put you in my book.

This is my creative choice… so please try and respect that…

… Rant over…

Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

 

Recently I’ve had people ask me how to become a better writer. 10steps

I could tell them to read books, I could tell them to do research, I could even tell them to observe people and write down the qualities of humanity that stand out to them in those moments. These are all good way to improve your writing. I’ve done all these things, but I believe the most important step all writers and developing writers need to do is write.

Reading is great in the sense that it gives you an idea of what’s been done, and what people like. It helps you develop your own voice and will help you grow your vocabulary.

Research is wonderful because it will grow your knowledge of things that you’ve never known. It will keep your mind growing and will make your writing seem more based in truth than complete fiction.

Observation is fantastic to help develop characters and dialogue. You get to see people acting in their normal lives, and therefore your voice can develop a more rounded tone – one that people will gravitate to because your words touch the very core of human nature.

But writing – writing is the most important of these all.

While you are reading, researching, observing you are writing. You will write notes, write ideas that you want to take from other writers, or ideas for the world around you. You will write your stories down over and over until it sounds right to you. You will write what words dance through your mind taking all that those other steps have given you. You will write your world onto pages that will be seen by your readers.

The more you write the more precise your writing becomes, the more your writing improves, the more your ability grows. Without writing you will not desire the need to research. Without writing you won’t find yourself observing the world for ideas.Writing is the most important step of all.

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