What I Learned at a Writing Workshop
- It's okay to write back story in a piece in order to get to know the characters and their story. However, once you're done writing the back story, get rid of it. Another option is to revise the back story so that it is an essential part to heightening the conflict in the story.
- Before you write, sit down and imagine that you are in the same situation as the character you are about to write about. Speak a monologue out loud in the voice of your character, describing his/her/it's thoughts about the situation. I say "it's" because the instructor demonstrated several examples of this for us and one of the examples was from the point of view of a chair. When she demonstrated this for us, she was very dramatic and I could see that she was really getting into it. I hope that I will be able to do this, because it seems like it could really help me with my imagery.
- Write without fear and don't worry about what others think of your writing. Instead, just write from the heart, because that's what makes the best writing. Be like an actor, who will cry all out when the director tells him to, because that's what makes a good movie.
- When you are writing, don't completely delete, cross out, or erase words that you don't want to keep. Instead, just put one line through them. As you are rereading your piece, a crossed out word may spark your imagination and give you a new idea.