I’ve taken to really settling in my story environments. I am looking around as if I am the character so that I can give you more depth and connection to the stories I want to tell. By this I mean, I literally move through a pre-set amount of time in a day where I navigate as if I am the character I’m writing about to see what sensory details stand out to them.
Now mind you, I’m not following killers and thinking I need to emulate them in order to get a better understanding of how they think. But, for one character in “The Coven” (title may change now that it’s a television show on AMC with the same title, I haven’t decided), who doesn’t live in a brick and mortar house, I want to see how she would navigate in places or situations that are of no consequence to you or me. For example, what looks amazing to her when she is inside of a building? What may look out of place? What is scary or exciting? These are the things that I’m looking at. I’m also wondering how familial structures that differ from hers make her question if how she is being raised is good, bad or indifferent.
I’m trying not to over-think the story because then I stall and then it becomes an excuse not to write. When I’m reading books, I don’t usually care about the curtains, the wooden floor, the backyard, the smell of burnt cornbread, none of the sensory details because I just want to read and hear how the dialogue will move me through the story. But as a writer, I know that those same details that I skip over are what makes a story real for others. So that’s why I’m trying to take the time to get to those layers but not just for filler, but to make sure when I use them they have an intrinsic value to the story.
So try this if you’d like. Take ten to fifteen minutes and react and flow through a portion of your day in the eyes of your character and see something anew.
Write to see the world through words.
As a writer who is going the indie route, it is easy to feel lost and under appreciated when you look at the sales reports on your book sales. But you have to look at it another way. For every person that has decided to purchase your book, they might tell another reader friend about it and yes, slowly though it may go, you build a following. But the bonus is those are people who didn’t know you, weren’t friends who were doing you a favor by purchasing your book, but honest to goodness other people who decided to take a chance on a writer whose last name wasn’t King, Patterson, etc. And every time someone new buys your book, they have validated your option to put words on the page as a storyteller. It would be nice to see reviews from every person who reads your books but realistically, look at it this way, if the millions of readers for say “King” put a review up on Amazon, it would blow out the server. So take a small bit of pride in the reviews you do receive, good and bad, and keep writing because you are tiny (today) but growing daily. Peace
Until you get a handle for the expert level of articles you want to be known for, start out with shorter, 200-300 word snippets that focus on one idea then encapsulate it into a bigger article once you have enough snippets to make a whole.
For example, if I wanted to provide an eBook on writing features and benefits, I might start with these small snippets, using a car as my example:
· Air bags
· Seat belts
· Body type
· Anti-locking brakes prevent you from skidding into a tree as you try to swerve from hitting a dog in the road.
· Quality tires will grip the road in the snow easier than balding tires.
· Air bags in multiple locations of your vehicle will ensure your safety in an accident.
· Premium gasoline will keep your engine running smoothly.
· Seat belts that lock on impact preventing death.
· Certain color cars are more apt to be in accidents due to blindness and inattentive drivers not noticing them.
· The body type will help you in that collision with a semi, do you want to be in a putt-putt car or a 4×4?
This is just a quick way to brainstorm the features and benefits when you are breaking down your product for a client. But take it a step further. Every one of the features, by themselves are worthy of 200 to 300 words. Because you will expand on my simple, quick off the top of my head thoughts. You will have manufacturers to recommend, prices you can quote, websites you can direct people to. And before you know it, you have an article. This piece is 300 words.