September 28, 2009
There are three layers to the Bell Pyramid. We'll start at the base and work to the top.
Passion: A novel takes a long time to write, so you must be passionate about the plot you choose to write about. Rejections abound in the publishing world and many times it is because the work presented is "cookie cutter" work. Writers will follow the crowd and write what is selling instead of writing the book in their heart. You must feel passion about your plot to sustain your writing through the lenth of time it takes to write it.
Potential: You have to consider the possible reach of your plot idea to an audience. The way to do that is to put yourself in the shoes of an invester. Would you want to invest thousands of dollars in a book about cleaning a fish? Hhhmmm. You don't need to write to the largest possible audience, but you do need to focus on a specific audience and write a passionate story to that audience. You want to write romance? What kind? Historical, suspence, contemporary, etc... It is not a rule, but a guideline as you write what you are really passionate about.
Precision: You've found what your passionate about and think the potential is there for a readership following. Now you must trim away anything that is not in line with that potential. If you are writing for suspense, don't get distracted from that focus. You don't want anything to distract from the potential.
I thought these were very helpful as I am gathering up ideas and trying to figure out which one to write about.
How do you decide which idea is the one you run with?
September 26, 2009
The lucky winner is...........
Ava is a lovely, lovely woman who is just starting her writing journey. She has begun blogging and I have seen her name of several of my cyber friend's blogs lately. She has been impressed with the support of the writing community and is eager to learn all she can about this writing journey. Check her out and send some encouragement her way!
Ava, I'll get your book to you soon!
September 25, 2009
- Flip a genre. An example of this would be The Wild Wild West. It is just James Bond set in the Old West.
- Obsessions. You know, money, looks, ego, etc. Ahab obsessed about a whale in Moby Dick. Create a character, given them an obsession and see where they run.
- Titles. Create a great title, then write a story to go with it.
- Steal from the best. Yep, you read right. Bell says even Shakespeare took other's plots and weaved his own magic into them. We've all seen movies with similar plots. Take a plot and ramp it up, make it new, let it sing!
Bell had so many great ideas for generating great and interesting plots. Now I just need to sit my backside in the chair and let my mind go roam wild and free. I've definitely got to let some things go. Hhhmmm. TV and the new shows coming on are very tempting, and oh, the books in the pile of my bed are calling! I've got to learn to let things go.
So how do you writers brainstorm ideas? Do ideas come to you in your normal, everyday life? Or do you sit yourself down and get down to business?
What things to do let go in order to write? Is it painful?
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September 08, 2009
I can go with that, but deep down I wonder if maybe there is more to it. I am a gal who is a creative type. I love to try new endeavors that allow my creativity to soar. The thing is, I never stick with anything.
I've tried many things over the years: crossstitch (more of an 80's thing), calligraphy, calligraphy art, scrapbooking, making cards (an outlet of scrapbooking), knitting (didn't last long at all) decorating photo albums, tiling clay pots, beading everything, jewelry making (more of the beading thing) and now....writing.
Writing is by far the hardest thing I've ever done. So deep down I wonder if it will be too hard to stick with. Is this just another outlet? Is this just another side trip for my creative self? Do I really have what it takes?
The only thing different about writing from my other endeavors is that I have dreamed of writing since I was a teen. I haven't dreamed about anything else. Just writing. So maybe there is hope that this little vacation from writing really is just that. A time to recoup. A time to rest.
But if I really was a writer wouldn't I WANT to write all the time? Wouldn't I have that desire deep within to put words to paper? All the time? Every day?
Does anyone out there ever feel like me? Are there any real writers out there who just don't want to write sometimes?
Forgive my rant. I just wanted to spew forth my fears today.
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Congratulations! After a weekend like you had, you should be able to relax with Lynnette's book and read your cares away! I believe Lynnette is sending it to you as we speak, so be checking your email!