When I first started writing, I believed, that good writing was all that mattered. But after getting a handle on the basics (activing language, POV, omitting needless words, descrptions, getting good at grammer, spelling, dialogue) etc, I realised there’s an entirely new art on top that requires even more attention to detail then just “good writing”.
This is when plot, charecterisation, building suspense, creating conflict, and strong voice come in, and I just want to comment on a few of these.
When I wrote my first draft, I would check all the spelling, the grammer, and made sure the story flowed. That, was enough for me, and after that, I would send it off, only to be dissapointed and confused when I recieved a rejection letter in my gmail inbox. I started to look for answers, I began to read a number of blogs and began to realise that I was completely neglecting the other side of writing, and that is the art of story telling its self, not the writing. It’s still something I’m working on, as I’m still working towards becoming a published writier, but I just want to begin by expressing what I have learnt and how I have changed how I approach it.
Now, after that first draft, I don’t pay attention to the writing its self…yet. First I look at the chapter its self, is it engaging? Are these any cop-outs? Are the characters developing? Where can I make it more exciting? Where can I raise the steaks? How can I make it worse for the character so that there’s more to overcome?
It’s these kind of questions that as a novice writer I completely neglected, and it’s these kind of topics I really want to address in this blog in the next few weeks.
P.S I’m heading off to India next week for a 2 month backpacking tour. There’s something about backpacking in the third world that inspires me creatively. I think getting back to the human things in life, you know, travelling on the train with a bunch of people from other walks of life, running after a train to catch, seeing poverty, seeing hardship, experiencing another way in life that seems to fuel my writing. I hope to finish my second novel in the process, and get my online writing group onto it and hopefully push for a publication in the next 12 months (but more likely 24 months)
Anyways, I doubt anyone is reading this blog yet 😛 But hopefully soon!