Goals get us up in the morning. Before we rise, before the business of the world we’ve created takes over our day, we can remember that our great desire is to publish a shelf-load of stories, or to be a best-selling science fiction writer, or to write a character that will live as truly as Sherlock Holmes does. And then ask:
What’s the one thing I need to do next?
It might be to
- create a unique setting for the next scene
- make a supporting character force the protagonist to do what he’d never do (character development: see Donald Maass’s guides to writing)
- find a better way for a character to stumble and pivot
- write out the elevator pitch
- write a jacket blurb
- list 20 options for a better title
- plan an overview of the development of a trilogy
- draft the final paragraph of the story, even though it’s hardly begun
Whatever it is, our inner writer will be crafting it in our busy day, while we make tea, find our other shoe, fold the laundry, drive to the day job. And create the writing career we wish for, one step at a time, in the right direction.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant writing week. Cheers, Mel
This week from @yourwritingmuse: The body of work you’re creating now provides a solid foundation for your career. Congratulations on achieving so much, and on having such an amazing journey behind and ahead of you. From your fan, your Writing Muse