My writing in a nutshell

This world is okay, but my head is better.

Quick! Write it down and become a trendsetter.

Just kidding!

I prefer the stories in my head, to the ones on the bookshelf,

because no one else knows me better than myself.

The mental adventures I travel toward, make up for the ones I will never have in real life,

because the thousand lives I live are each their own reward.

Going off on a tangent.

I’ve placed working on Feet or Fins on hold while people read over it for me and during that time I’ve been (doing everything but) writing. I’ve started on some stories that I had on the back burner. One is a young adult and the other is a dystopian futuristic sci-fi. I’ve been plotting the story outlines in dot point and slowly I’ve been making progress. I’ve also started jotting down another story that has been floating in my head for a while. This one is another dystopian as well, but there are still giant gaps in it.

I feel that once I get my first novel out there then all the others will be easier. And it seems mentally easier when I work on these ones 🙂

What are you trying to say!? aka what are your themes

Before you start to write your story you need to think about “What you are trying to say?” or what is the theme of your narrative. Having an entertaining/engaging story is all well and good, but without an overall message it doesn’t really go anywhere.

It is not as powerful as it could be, it is not as thought provoking as it can be, it is not as long lasting to the reader as should be.

During my bachelor’s I somehow found it difficult to grasp what a theme was. I mean how do you describe it when you don’t understand it? It wasn’t until the idea that a theme was an idea or multiple ideas that traveled through a text did it finally click! Now it made sense when a lecturer/tutor asked what are the themes of your story.

As a writer you need to ask yourself, “What do you want your readers to take away from your work?”. Is it resilience, love, friendship or perseverance? What ever it is you need to make sure that you are either shouting it loud and clear or inferring it through sneaky clever writing. You have to have a good enough grasp of words, sentence and narrative structure that you are able to communicate your idea.

Stories are like dreams

Ultimately I think all stories are dreams of some sort. Whether they originated from sleepy night adventures or awake daytime wanderings, it doesn’t really matter.

For me when I’m awake I can completely space out and dive head down into story that I am thinking of. I will literally block out what is going on around me to think about these stories. And some times these stories are simply better than what is going on around me.

There are times when I’m thinking of a story when it changes to something else or I will be thinking of something that is interesting to me and it begins to take on a life of its own.

I love that I am able to imagine all sorts of things in my head. I think it makes life interesting. I’d certainly be boring if I didn’t think of things like;

  • Don’t you wonder how much like would be different if we laid eggs instead gave birth?
  • Or what would happen if something catastrophic happened to the world around you?
  • Or what if gender roles were reversed?
  • Or what if we all lived in outer space/another planet?
  • Or what if we were enslaved by an alien race?
  • Or what if boobs could fly away?
  • Or what if something about you personally was completely different?
  • Or what if something smooth was rough and hurts to touch?

These are all dreams of some sort because you are thinking about these ideas in terms of emotions, sensations and images.

Ideas collector

One idea is good, many create a story.

i think one of the most important things that a writer should have is the ability to collect ideas. Ideas make a story go from alright to good, from good the great and from great to a masterpiece.

Walt-Disney-on-Good-Ideas(picture from here)

As a storyteller and writer, my stories would be completely shit if it wasn’t for all the ideas that I’ve collected. These ideas can be facts, personal stories from friends, or even people you over hear, they can be pictures, events or something completely made up.

When have an idea or many ideas that you like, you can then mold them like dough and create a Frankenstein monster of a story. This creature should take on an life of their own and when unleashed on the world they should have such an effect that it stays with people for ages.

Sadly many stories are not as great or as influential as Frankenstein, but they could be with an author that collects and molds ideas.