Merilee Faber has posted a Creativity Workshop on writing on her blog, which I have decided to join in. The workshop is basically to encourage writers to think outside the box with their writing, and the first thing she has asked us to do is to think about what we want to accomplish with our stories.
So, what do I want?
It has taken a lot of thought, but I have the following ideas:
Character development – I want my characters to seem to jump off the page at you, not just a two dimensional character that wanders through the books. Those who have read my stories say that I do a good enough job at this, but I want this in my short story characters too.
Story Development – sometimes I have lots of wonderful ideas, but have no idea how to bring them together in a story, whether it is a novel or a short story, so getting some ideas on how to develop the story from the ideas I have, or even getting the ideas to fit together to become a story would be of a great benefit.
Ideas on the drop of a hat – Sometime people set up challenges with prompts, but still, I am sitting there with a bunch of words, and nothing is coming together. To be able to bring something to life from nothing would be really good for me.
Writing on short notice – I have done this, but I am not that keen on it, so I want to be able to develop this skill.
Using the right words – I often write a story and when I edit it think – there has to be another word for that. Unfortunately, I can’t find it, not in the dictionary, thesaurus or anywhere. To be able to have the ability to find the right word would be great.
Themes – what the hell? How come themes aren’t something I consciously put into a story. They seem to be there, but unconscously done. I want to be ale to put something in, because I want it there, not because that is the way the story goes.
Resolving conflict – Often in my novels, there is a conflict which is resolved quickly, but it doesn’t seem real. Sometimes it is only the flick of a switch, a comment, a look that makes something change very quickly – unfortunately when I write it, it doesn’t sound right or ring true.
Being too wordy – here is a big one for me, I tend to write the same thing about three times, three different ways. Why do I do that?
OK, I think I have enough to go on with here, otherwise I am going to be way too busy! I am looking forward to extending myself over the next few months, and applying what I learn into my novel that I am writing for SoCNoC!