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Writer's Tip - Know Thyself
2/8/2011 8:18:13 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

“Know Thyself” There’s more than one meaning to this phrase but I’d like to use this today to open your eyes to the personality of your writing.

Do you outline? Are you a seat-of-the-pants writer? Some of us can’t write an outline that’s good for anything but using as a paper airplane and are “seat of the pants” all the way. Other writers can’t conceive of sitting down and hoping the muse will hit and provide inspiration somewhere in Chapter Ten. It’s important to know which one you are so you save hours of frustration that could be better spent outlining - or writing.

Do you write in third person? First? Do you write from the point of view of more than one character? If so, you need to focus on whether the head -hopping is frenetic. If you write in first person, you might take care to avoid becoming bogged down in the narrator’s thoughts and consequently lose the action.

Do you sit down on a daily basis in front of the computer and stay there until you’ve achieved a set number of words? Do you write to deadline and feel the adrenaline rush of the pressure heightens your plot? Do you write at a certain time every day? Do you write in chunks?

There’s nothing wrong with trying new ways of working. If you hear that your favorite best-selling author always outlines and you never do, then sure – give that technique a try. But if you’re a “pantser” all the way, then don’t beat yourself up. You’re unique. You’re writing is unique. Learn who you are in your writing so the focus is on the book and not worry over the process.

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More Blogs by Flo Fitzpatrick
• Writers Who Care - Tuesday, December 20, 2011
• A WRiters Work - Monday, December 05, 2011
• Tell Me a Story! - Tuesday, October 25, 2011
• A Gentle Ghost Story - Sunday, October 09, 2011
• I Got a Name - Part Two - Saturday, April 16, 2011
• Self- E and POD versus Trad - Wednesday, March 23, 2011
• More Dialogue Tips for Writers - Friday, March 18, 2011
• How I Spent Spring Break (A Cautionary Tale) - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
• I got a Name - Friday, March 11, 2011
• Want to help name a book? - Tuesday, March 08, 2011
• Spring Break - Break! - Saturday, March 05, 2011
• Dialogue Tips for Writers - Wednesday, February 23, 2011
• Writing Tip - Singing -Keep it OFF the Page - Tuesday, February 15, 2011
• Respect - A Writing Nudge - Friday, February 11, 2011
• To Stupid to Live? Ouch - Wednesday, February 09, 2011
•  Writer's Tip - Know Thyself - Tuesday, February 08, 2011  
• "Risky" Business - Sunday, February 06, 2011

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