Exciting Ideas Brewing

03/20/2012 05:42

I always have exciting ideas brewing. It is hard for me to understand those who have writer's block or say they don't have an idea about what to write. For me the problem is never the ideas, it is following through with those ideas into a marketable story or product. I have no problem jotting down the thoughts, a few character names and attributes, some action ideas, and the place I want the story to take place. My challenge is in fleshing all of these notes into a three dimensional body  of concrete material.

The ideas....

The notes....

The outline....

The characters...

And then a big flat............lacking details.........lackluster.....weak......story arc.

 

How do I deal with this lack of polished skill level? I am taking more classes, I write everyday, and I am always trying to make my writing better. Action, details, conflict, details, emotions, details.... you get the picture.

Writing takes work. It takes work and discipline to get what is in your head down on paper so others feel the story. I want the reader's heart to beat when the character is racing behind an alley from the gunman. I want the reader to sweat when the character is waiting to hear the results of a life threatening pathology report which may put an expiration date on their only child. I want the reader to smell the lavendar that Aunt Rose hung in the bathroom on cleaning day... smell it years after Aunt Rose has passed away because I have created the scene with words so clear that you can taste and smell the purple lavendar bits on your tongue as your heart hurts because your favorite auntie has passed.

 

This should be the goal of every writer. Make your reader see, taste, smell, and feel the characters right off the page and into the heart. It isn't a job for the faint of heart but it is the job of anyone who writes so others can read.