Great writing in itself has become a lost art. When you have the option of sending a quickly typed e-mail or writing a note longhand and sending it via snail-mail, it doesn’t take much hesitation to choose. We live in a fast-paced world where everything is expected to be on demand.
I don’t know about you, but I love getting cards and little notes in the mail. It is nice to know that someone actually sat down and took the time to write me and think of me. It makes my day!
Letter writing is a lost art. This might seem so irrelevant to be writing on when this blog is about pursuing publishing. Please stick with me, there is a purpose. Letter writing is something that every writer should be able to do well. This is, not only in the business sense, but also in a personal sense. Writing is about relating and sharing a story or a vision with people. It is meant to be shared. This all comes back to relationships. Writing a personal letter is a great way to connect with somebody or to remind a friend or family member how much they mean to you.
Writing is relational. Don’t let this lost art die.
Challenge for the Week: Get out the paper and the quill pen (okay, maybe not that old), and write a letter to someone who means something in you life. I would suggest a writing mentor or someone who inspired you to be a writer. Send it via snail-mail. Comment on here when you have done so.
Happy writing and have a great week!
What would your story say?
Write something worth reading, or do something worth writing – Ben Franklin
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I am currently working on my latest fiction piece. This novel I am hoping to have published. Something that is crucial in the writing of this book is knowing what I am writing. That might sound so obvious, but not everyone seems to realize just how important this is. In light of that, when you write, RESEARCH. Know the little details. Are you using a real town/city as the main character’s hometown? If so, research the place and if possible, visit it! Learn the culture. What are the best restaurants? Is there anything that is really notable about this place?
Not only will this help you in setting your scene, but it also creates a connection for readers who are from that area or areas that you talk about in your book.
If you are looking for an example, one of the best that I have come across is Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter Family Drama Series which consists of Redemption Series, Firstborn Series and Sunrise Series. Bloomington, Indiana is the place of interest. It becomes so familiar as you read that you find yourself at home and are easily able to visualize it. It is one more way to make your story come alive.
Know what you are talking about. The difference an hour of research can make is incredible when it comes to writing. Know enough sensory details about this place that you are writing – sights, smells, atmospheres, people, etc.
What books have you read that create this kind of setting?
What city would you have be your main character’s hometown and why? What makes it special?
Sometimes your best writing can come from hours and even days of tedious writing with the concept in mind, but no words come easy. Other times, you find circumstances or things around you that trigger something in your creative brain where in a split-second you can write a million miles a minute!
Often times, inspiration can spring from a comment someone makes and the emotions that are present within it.
Capturing the emotion of the moment is crucial.
Writers Challenge: Take one hour. Think about a story, comment, or circumstance that stirred you. Let your resulting emotions flood you as you take the inspiration and write a scene in your next novel that you can transfer those emotions to.
Ready? Set? WRITE!
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