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.