I've been learning all kinds of wonderful techniques (through books,
conferences, blogs, etc.), I've begun to feel like I did when I was
first learning to drive a car and was taking my exam for my license. My
heck! There were so many things to keep in mind. Not only did I have to
remember which pedal was for the gas and for the brake (shut up--when you're nervous sometimes your brain gets left in the driveway),
but you have to remember to look for hazards in front of you such as
other vehicles, watch for hazards coming from the sides such as
pedestrians, keep from over correcting when you turn the steering wheel (gotta watch that adrenaline rush). And
definitely not be distracted by the wrinkled old man--with his
dastardly pencil and pad--wheezing so badly in the seat at your side
that you're sure he's going to die any minute.
learning that writing is a bit like conducting an orchestra. Whereas
with a car, you need to get from Point A to Point B safely, the going
doesn't have to be pretty. But in writing, it does.
got to remember all the basics like sentence structure, grammar,
avoiding overused words, handling dialogue tags and beats, but we've
also got to make the readers feel like they're there with our main
characters. We must use words that paint a picture not just of the
surroundings but of what's going on in our characters' heads, their
thoughts and emotions. We need to utilize all the senses in crafting
this symphonic work of ours. But just so you know, writing about sensory
things for me is hard. I just don't look at my world consciously
dealing with my senses most of the time.
time I learn something new, I try and incorporate the concept. It can be discouraging because you feel like your ms will never be done. But my one encouraging thought is that my new knowledge will eventually
become second nature, and as I move on to my next project it won't be such an arduous
Kinda like driving. Whereas turning the steering wheel and keeping the car straight and in my lane was almost more than I could handle even when giving it all my attention, now I do it without thinking about it at all.
What about writing comes easily to you? Is there anything that you really struggle with?