Sometimes, while writing, I get hung up on my style.
(Am I using too many adverbs? Am I describing the setting vividly enough? Even if it doesn’t mattter?)
This is an absolute killer for a first-draft of anything. It’s fine to worry about these things in the editing process. The important thing for a first draft, however, is getting into the flow.
To help my writing flow, recently I’ve found myself imaging I’m writing for my best friends from high school – to whom I wrote real, paper letters after we went our separate ways.
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In the letters I told stories about stuff that had happened to me, or stuff I was thinking about or what I could see out of my window. They were gleeful, ridiculous, and great fun to write. I wrote as fast as I physically could (apologising at the end for my handwriting) and got equally gleeful and ridiculous letters in return.
Now, whenever I’m having trouble with a story I imagine I’m telling it to Linda or Miranda, who are the perfect audience for me: always supportive, always ready to have a good time and listen to my ramblings.
Write a story as if you were telling it to your best friend.
- It doesn’t have to be in the first person (though this might help), but imagine it is being written only for your best friend to read.
- Write fast, as fast as you can.
Make sure your story travels from start to end: don’t just write a scene, make someone or something change between the first word and the last.
- You must write the story in one 24 hr period – the faster the better.
- Post the story in the comments — if you’re brave enough.
- Find something nice to say about someone else’s story and leave a comment. Everybody needs a little support!
Bonus points if you stick it in an envelope and mail it (yes, actually mail it) to the person you wrote it for.
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