Hello! I’m back, and I’m here to give you more writing exercises. Woooo!! So without further ado, let’s get to it.
Monthly Archives: May 2011
There are a lot of writing exercises out there. There are websites full of them, and I’m sure other bloggers have them, too, so I thought I’d share a few of my own.
Finding inspiration for a good story, especially one that will eventually be novel-length, is hard. Nine times out of ten, the ideas you come up with probably won’t make it past the first three pages without a major revision of the idea, or being scrapped entirely. At least that’s been my experience. That’s why it seems like a gift from heaven above when you wake up in the morning, having just had a dream that inspired you to write. And that’s great. Please do it. Just remember a couple things first.
This post is a short one. I wrote previously about the top ten mistakes writers make, but those were mistakes that made it into print. I haven’t really discussed the mistakes that you should look out for when you’re still in the writing process. One of those mistakes is performing magic tricks with people and objects, namely making them disappear. It’s a problem I face all the time, especially when I go back to a project after a long time of not working on it. What I’m trying to say here, is if you put a cup of coffee, or a revolver, or a small, two-headed lizard in your character’s hands, don’t forget it’s there. Don’t have them hold something, and then write that they walk out of the room, get in the car, and drive off without ever putting it down. You’ll leave people wondering where that two-headed lizard went. Did he put it in its cage? Drop it in a vat of acid? Did it crawl onto his shoulder to sit there while he drives? That’s important to remember, and it’s important to catch those things in the editing stage, because you will almost definitely make a mistake like that, and you will have the best chance of finding it when you go back through later and reread.
Before I get started here, I thought I’d mention for the record that my book is for sale on Amazon now! Wheeee…here’s the link. http://www.amazon.com/Dreamcatchers-Rebecca-D-Leviton/dp/1449542565/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1298084915&sr=8-1 [Edit 9/19/12: The Dreamcatchers is being rewritten, so it has been taken off the market]