You Are a Writer If
As I am going through some of my old material to come up with fun and informative posts I can across this listing I created for one of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrations sessions from a few years ago. Called, “New Year Thoughts (many borrowed) for My SCBWI Hoggetowne Group”. It’s more like a “You Are a Writer If” kind of thing.
- Whether the book you are working on now gets published or not…you’re still a writer. And you’ll write other books. You know you will.
- Being a writer isn’t just about being published; being a writer is about writing.
- Keep writing…it’s the best antidote to rejection.
- How much of ourselves do we really owe our loved ones? (Figure it out first and then write without guilt…just healthy pleasure.)
- Write with clarity and vision of someone who is very much in tune with the human heart – detail the tiniest nuances.
- Even when I’m not with whom or where I truly want to be…I take in the setting, including every quirky detail…who knows I might be able to use it later. Reminder: Careful you may end up in one of my novels.
- Allow your characters to react to whatever environment they are in – through their senses, thus you reveal a great deal more about your character. (Ex. A deserted beach at night may delight one character and scare off another…only because of certain associations in their life to such a place) A character’s reactions produce atmosphere.
- Writing is a way of life. A real writer will shed his obligations, somehow, and get away by himself and write.
- When writing becomes a habit and a necessity, the writer need never give a thought to discipline, because writing is a pleasure.
- A story tracks what a person wants, what he’ll do to get it, and what costs he’ll have to pay along the way. You need to know what your main character needs in every scene.
- The most important step in creating characters is to connect and compare each to the others.
- Dialogue is not real talk but must instead serve the story. Sometimes less is more…choose your words wisely.
- And, finally, understand that you don’t choose to write. Writing chose you.
- You must see writing as your personal passion, as something you are unable not to do. And you know you will do it until the last day of your life!