Recently, I’ve found myself jotting snippets down. No matter how big or small the idea, I’ve been writing words down that sound like a good sentence. Sometimes, they end up over several different documents, before finally being merged into one. No matter what, I’m going to keep this log down. If you’re getting into writing as a hobby, or even a career, why not come up with your own writers log? Here’s a few tips on how I write my log, how often I write in it, the types of things I keep and how the information gets used.
Every day, Joel and I come up with new articles to share. Some days, we struggle to come up with something; you can call that writers block. Other days, we are bursting with ideas. No matter what though, we want to provide articles because we have a desire to write about topics that excite us. We hope that our topics excite you too, but the main crux of why we write is more than just writing to entertain. Today, I’d like to just take a step back and talk about why we write, how your input is invaluable and how we would love to hear from more of you.
Many of you will be aware that we edit our own work here, meaning that sometimes a mistake slips by. But sometimes, I’ll get articles given to me, or I do some self-editing on an older piece. Over the past five years, I’ve come from writing in a very immature way, to the more conversational voice I try to write in today. I’ve learned so much from editing; so much so that I thought I’d share some of my personal experiences from editing my own and other people’s work.
Grief, anger, denial, frustration – There are many emotions that go into a character who has fallen from grace. These are the men and women who have done something bad, when they’re not supposed to be bad. These can also be the people who have lost their way, forgetting their purpose. These are the sad, heart-wrenching characters who help you invest in a story. We’re all human, we all occasionally forget what we’re fighting for – And this is how I’d portray them in writing.
As an avid reader, some of my favourite stories involve underdogs; someone we want to root for, because we feel for their plight. We don’t necessarily want them to become a hero, but if they do then we want them to be the best hero they can be. We don’t want them to immediately win – And no hero, no matter how great, should immediately win unless it’s a parody. Following on from Creating The Monster from a few weeks back, this is how you can have the Hero Fight The Monster.