Don’t just write because you can, write with purpose

With so many interests and distractions its difficult to pin down subjects to write about or the type of writing I wish to do. Here are projects that I have started that I need to revisit, and soon!

Projects currently on the boil:

Short Story

My first project I need to complete is for a short story competition. It has to be based on the painting below, “Brothers” by Cherry Lee.

2013-Cherry-Lee%2c-Brothers-(1999)

I see boys of the stolen generation when I look at this picture. They may consider themselves brothers because they grew up together on a mission. I have decided to write about these boys today, sixty years later. The main character is the daughter of one of these men, who is no longer alive, she witnesses the chance meeting of the other two men in the picture. Will she realize her father is the third boy?

I have put a plan together for this short story. I started by writing it out on paper. I often find using a laptop means there are several possible distractions, such as, emails, facebook, ebay, etc…

On typing it out I change characters’ appearances, eliminate useless jibber jabber. I tend to jibber jabber, e.g. give a character useless internal monologues.

I learned a useful tip when I attended a creative writing course at Sydney Writers Centre: Everything you write should serve a purpose in the story, eliminate useless jibber jabber. Otherwise you are writing just because you can.

 

Novel

The idea is there and the plot is quite developed.

It is science fiction, not in the star trek sense, rather it stays firmly planted on earth looking at the interference of human nature by science. I’ve noticed that I have quite a keen interest in this area. Perhaps it stems from my background in psychology and health. Or perhaps its the very reason I chose to study psychology and health in the first place. Exploring the human mind and our physical being.

I am struggling with how to make the whole story work. I am struggling with the science of it. I need to keep reminding myself that it is fiction. It doesn’t need to make sense, scientifically. However, I feel certain that I am drawn to certain stories due to their scary foundation in actual scientific fact. Yes, such horrendous things could really happens to us! We might actually turn into rabid blood dribbling cannibals.

Oh yes, and I struggle creating and describing scenes. For this novel I have the characters, who are developing quite well but I have difficulty “filling in” around the characters and the plot points.

Things to work on:

– scenes

– dialogue

the glue basically, the stuff in between.

 

I need to remember not to write too much fluff, and stay on track with the plot. I can easily get distracted by trying to describe how the night sky makes the character feel!!

 

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2 responses to “Don’t just write because you can, write with purpose

  • springriverimagination

    I was recommended this post as an insert to my first blog post. The title interested me so I came over to read it.
    I agree totaly with what you said about putting fluff in your story. I think jibber jabber is an excellent way to put it. Sometimes people just want to make their pages longer so they add useless content to make it appear as if they have just written an Epic Novel when really only about 10% is actual story. As an aspiring author i try my hardest to keep that out of my writing.

    • becomeawriteroneday

      Thank you for reading.
      Yes its definitely something worth thinking about when writing. We can get so swept up in being creative and showing our descriptive skills that we forget to focus.
      I generally drift when I write and spend several minutes re focusing.

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