One of my favorite things to do is freewrite. I love it, for so many different reasons. For the most part, I love it because it’s freeing, just like the name implies. But there are three specific cases when it can be especially helpful.
I’m in the home stretch of the second book of Lev Grossman’s Magicians series. Basic premise: imagine that you’re a huge fan of the Narnia series, and also a magician at magic college. And then you find out that Narnia is real, and a lot darker than the books led you to believe. That’s the most simplistic way of putting it, but you should probably read the series yourself. But the series is told from the point of view of a high school/college-aged boy named Quentin. Clearly, since there is a young adult male protagonist, there are euphemisms sprinkled liberally through the books.
Confession: I didn’t get Pinterest for a long time. This is embarrassing for me both as a platforming author and as a marketing professional.
But when Pinterest suddenly became the fastest-growing platform with undeniably powerful user trends, I figured I’d better at least set up an account and see if I could figure out what all the buzz was about.
There I was, in the middle of my first novel. I’d found my rhythm and was bringing chapters to read aloud to my weekly critique group. They were loving it. I was thrilled that I was finally making my dream come true.
Out of nowhere, I lost my story. Nothing I wrote flowed anymore.
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I think movies get a bad rap. I’m a little tired of hearing readers moan about how awful the movie adaptation was for so-and-so book.
I get it. Nothing’s as good as the book…but come on. Imagine having to cram a 700-page novel into a 90-minute movie. Yowza!
Instead of whining about it, let’s talk about how movies can inspire you and improve your writing.
If you’re ever stuck trying to figure out what to write about, write about what you want.
I remember one of my teachers at one point in my schooling mentioning that there is a balance between the good days and the bad days you’ll get. The exact phrasing used to express this idea was “Some days you get the elevator, some days you get the shaft.” Morbid, perhaps, but it’s a saying that has stuck with me since then. I really like similarly structured euphemisms and turns of phrase, and I just learned the name for them: isocolon.
Memoirs and autobiographies or even television interviews are great ways to understand why people do the things they do, and why people are the way they are.
How can what you’re writing be more you?
Because in this world it’s so easy to be not you.