hello? is this thing on?
Sometimes I plan my fiction and poetry, and sometimes I just jump in with both eyes closed and both feet forward and hope for the best.
Sometimes we’re so concerned about the forward motion of our stories—the plot, the dialogue, the characters’ growth—that we forget about the fourth element of great storytelling: Setting. Writing great setting is essential to ground your action in reality. It allows your reader to either relate because of shared memories or to deepen her interest because she’s experiencing something evocative for the first time.
What you can put off until tomorrow? Procrastination… when I hear the word, I automatically start singing it to the tune of “Anticipation” by Carly Simon. If you’re not familiar, look it up. It’s not actually that great of a song, but it get stuck in my head all the time. I find that procrastination is something many of us do – I hear it a lot from fellow writers that they wait and wait until an article or post or what have you is due and then they have to cram it in last minute. Unfortunately, I find that when I do this, whatever I write tends to be subpar. My procrastination shows. Take this post for example: it’s just about 4 hours until the post goes live and I have about three minutes until I have to emerge from my office, put my kid to bed, and spend some quality time with my spouse. I think I should also note that I have another article due in 4 hours as well. That’s for a paying gig, so I hope it’s better than this one.
My point is this: You can phone it in or your can commit. Either way, your editor knows. The editors here know. If you want to write, then WRITE. Make it a priority and give it the attention it deserves. You owe it to yourself. I owe it to myself, too.
Happy Friday, everyone! Can you believe it’s December already? I, for one, am grateful this year is almost over. It’s been a long, tough one, and I’m excited to dust myself off in 2017 and conquer the world! Who’s with me? But for now, let’s do some writing, shall we? You know the drill. Grab your favorite beverage, and bring me your best writing this weekend.