Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Right-Brain Writer

I have lived pretty much my whole life in the sphere of my right-brain.  Particularly when it comes to my writing.  I write to capture a feeling.  Such writing is pretty much always dependent on the illusive muse.  While such a state of flow is exhilarating, It does not naturally lend itself to finishing things.  Particularly long things like novels.

I tried NaNoWriMo for the first time this past November.  While it was a lot of fun, it was also really hard.  My best days were those in which I had previously thought out which scenes I needed to write, and had a rough plan for my writing time.  I still got to that fun place where the writing flowed, and I even got there faster!

Part of my risk-taking in 2017 will, I hope, be focused on developing and encouraging more left-brain analytical activities, which don't come naturally to me.  So I am giving an honest shot at serious outlining.  I've always loved planning.  But stories I've planned out never get beyond that stage.  And stories I haven't planned peter out by about 3000 words.  By combining the two--serious outlining, followed by a writing start date and maybe a NaNoWriMo-like sprint to finish the first draft--maybe I'll hit on the system that works for me.  It's worth a try!

If you're a writer, please share what works for you.  How do you get your writing done?  Outlining? Not outlining?

3 comments:

  1. Chelsey here <3
    I know for me that I need to plot! I need a skeleton to build a body on, a map to navigate new territory. And if I deviate from the outline because I have a better idea later, that's fine. But without a plot outline, my story suffers.

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    1. I suspect that will be the case for me too. So I'm giving it a go.

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  2. Good for you!! Writing is rewarding but hard work. I've just finished reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Although I am not a writer I found inspiration for my own creative process. Keep at it, Joanna.

    Jad

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