I attended a Pikes Peak Writers Write Brain last month, entitled "A Right-Brain, Left-Brain Write Brain" (say that five times fast!) I didn't take notes, and it wasn't something I'd be able to really pass along and make sense of on here, but I found it interesting how the two delightful ladies (Barbara Samuel and Laura DiSilverio) broke down the parts of writing. They explained how they each approached the different aspects of writing, and it got me thinking about the integral parts of the writing process.
First, you have the creativity. That's innate. Each of us is creative in a different way, inspired in varying ways, but we all have a story to tell, something that floats around in our heads and begs to be released.
But then you get into the more linear business of writing.
For instance, you have pantsing vs. plotting, and everything in between. Some people create an entire outline, with every single plot point, before they write a regular line of prose. Others just write the first line and go from there. Then there are all of those who fall in between. Everyone approaches it differently, but each of us has our own preferred method (or we're working to find it).
Next, we have consistency. There are those who manage to sit down at the same time every day, a routine firmly established, and write for a specific amount of time. Others might sit down at the same time, but write a certain number of words, rather than pre-selecting a period of time, no matter how many words are written. Still others write whenever the heck they can, many only sporadically.
Stories can be written via PC, laptop, Mac, handheld portable device, typewriter, voice recorder or the classic pen to paper. They can be short stories, flash fiction, poetry or novels. They can be self-published or traditionally published. It can take decades to write them, or days. It all depends on the writer.
So what makes a writer? The story, and the desire to put that story out there for someone else to enjoy. It all comes back to that creativity, but the spark that compels that person to present it to others finishes it off. Without that spark, you're just a dreamer, which is okay, too. A writer has to want to share their work, for one reason or another.
Having said that, I'm participating in BuNoWriMo this month. I was just going to use it as inspiration to get started without officially signing up, but I love this progress tracker and why the heck shouldn't I just go ahead and sign up?? So I have! I started today, so a couple days late, and I only had half an hour to actually write after getting everything set up, but I feel good about it, anyway.
The Burrow is the host site, and there is a Facebook page you can access from there to chat with other BuNo'ers. While I don't intend to shoot for the full 50,000 words, I need to get my butt in gear and figure out my summer routine, and I'm hoping this will help me.
Also, the always engaging Lover of Words, at Of Shoes and Ships and Cabbages and Kings has given me the One Lovely Blog Award. The things I have learned from her about my own state via her comments on my blog are fantastic enough, but her blog is always compelling, as well. I'm delighted to have had the opportunity to get to know her, and I'm delighted she thought of me.
The rules include listing seven random things about myself:
1. I am currently hooked on watching episodes of Quantum Leap from beginning to end. Still a great show!
2. I am ridiculously excited about the plans I have with my kiddos this summer.
3. I started my new novel today!!!! EEK! So happy!
4. I have a bad habit of chewing on the insides of my cheeks, whether nervous, bored or concentrating.
5. I started going "gray" in high school. I insisted I would never color my hair, but I hit a point where it started aging me beyond where I was willing to age...
6. When my hair has grown out between colorings, I refer to it as sparkling.
7. I'm really terrible at thinking up random things about myself that aren't completely dull. Sorry!
How are you at talking about yourself? Participating in BuNoWriMo? What makes you a writer?
May you find your Muse.