Wednesday, December 3, 2014
IWSG: The Next Plateau
It's IWSG Wednesday! The Insecure Writer's Support Group is an awesome group of writers who post every first Wednesday of the month to share their ideas, struggles, and insecurities. Check out the group here! Thanks to the co-hosts for December: Heather Gardner, T. Drecker, Eve E. Solar, and Patsy Collins.
Also: pick up The Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond e-book wherever you get your e-books. I have an essay, "Writing Vivid Characters," in the volume. #shamelessplug
So, this month: I won NaNoWriMo, which left me with a 50,000-word mess of a first draft. Leaving aside the mess, the things I learned about my characters, the list of reading for research--all of them are typical for me after finishing a first draft--I feel like I'm poised on a threshold to a new plateau of writing.
"Show not tell" has always been a bit difficult for me, not being the naturally descriptive type. It's not quite right to judge a first draft--particularly a NaNo first draft--on its quality, but I did. I've been reading a lot of books back-to-back throughout the year and recently, I've been reading through Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series--and her vivid writing, of characters, of setting, of evoking the senses in description--has been reinforcing things I've read in writing forums and writing books for years.
Except that now, I can see a way to make my writing like that. Maybe. I hope.