Saturday, November 1, 2014

Recipe for Being a Writer: Read, Write, Research, Repeat

Welcome to November 1st. The first day of PiBoIdMo. One picture book idea every day for the month of November.  But I want to be real with you. Not every idea is going to be an award winning, agent catching, dream story. Especially because of one important trend I’ve been seeing lately.

People aren’t doing anything with their ideas. I’ve been to writing classes where people have said, “I’ve had this idea for a few years now…”

Maybe we still have the middle school fear that makes us say, “If I don’t try, then I really didn’t fail.” That is bull hockey and we all know it.

If you want to be a writer, read, write, research, repeat. Say it with me - read, write, research, repeat.

Ideas are like good intentions-fabulous but worth very little when compared to using that idea and molding it into something.

It will take hard work, dedication, possibly some tears, possibly some grey hair, and a hidden chocolate bar. But do you want to have ideas or do you want to be a writer with ideas?

My personal goal this PiBoIdMo is to complete a rough draft once a week for one of my ideas.  I’m giving myself freedom to be horrible.  That’s okay. The first step to a great story is a craptacular first draft.  Some of those who like euphemisms call it Draft Zero. 

Write that draft! Take 20 minutes to take a step toward your goal. It’s also okay to let an idea sit for a while before writing.  I’m not saying that stewing over an idea is bad, just don’t let it stew for so long that there is nothing left but a dried up husk.

Happy writing my writing peeps! Take those ideas and get cooking! Remember the recipe for becoming a writer:

Read, Write, Research, Repeat

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