Perhaps too often we settle because we don’t believe that we can achieve or materialize into anything higher. This can be in terms of writing, art, business, life. Sometimes this is because of what others tell us, or how we grew up maybe even our own self perception but your success will always be negotiable with you. I was thinking about this a lot while away and what I would tell somebody in my shoes a year or two ago and these are tips about writing and blogging in general, and in a business sense to pass on.
- Stay connected to your biggest source of confidence
What uplifts you? The same thing that makes you happy and proud will probably be connected to your passion. Anything we really want we work for without being asked which builds up our strength and ability. For me writing started like baby scribble and then when I started to focus it grew from there. When you start to invest in your ability you become more confident in it and you should be!
- Nothing is certain but anything is possible
Keep reminding yourself of this. For example you might have an ideal in your head which never materializes but what you are left with is something different – or better. This means that anything is possible and you are free to create and have fun with that. I suppose this is the same in business where you will have to improvise with the unexpected.
- Think of Your Weaknesses as your features
Don’t fear criticism because it’s your friend. My biggest weakness is thinking that people already know what I’m talking about so explanation of my point of view is something that I had to grow through others misunderstanding. Ultimately they all help to build your profile!
- Break the Mould
Firstly the one around you. Most of the time things are overdone, if you have another point of view or way of doing things then share it, maybe people will be more captivated by originality than similarity. Sometimes we can be hesitant to do this but it helps you improve. When I started ‘The Islands’ it was a stab in the dark and i’m pretty sure everyone was like ‘whaaaat?’ but a lot came out of it. Secondly – step out of your own comfort zone and try to see things through the eyes of others to gain different perspectives.
- Retain your simplicity
Simplify and clarify. In terms of writing/blogging – it doesn’t have to be miles long, just try to get your point across. Keep things simple and clear so you are better equipped to handle it all. I am guilty of trying to do too much with one thing sometimes so mastering that saves confusion and hopefully helps my readers.
If you want to write well then you need to know/understand your characters, there is no better way to ensure this than to write from within yourself, using your own experiences. This article perfectly explains why characters written in this manner will be more believable and sit in more depth than ones that aren’t. I’m having so much fun free writing about characters and experimenting with the trials and tribulations I think they have been through. This really highlights that for me
The gap between what the characters wants and their needs are where the most interesting aspects of your characters will reveal themselves. And both want and need are created in really knowing your characters as if they were you.
How you gonna do that if your characters aren’t in your likeness or the likeness of those you have met/know even just a little bit? That and limitless imagination is in my mind the best combination for a genuine character :D
Read the whole article HERE at writersworkshop.co.uk and feel free to share your own experiences with character building below!
His bedroom sat five shelters high above Rainbow. A window to the world. He would shove his arms through the slated wood and light a cigarette (Mr Avedias finest). Sunrise reminded him of Abia. Calming, sensually sweet but by nature naive, always posing questions and always desiring answers.
Tariq had lived life long enough to know that not all questions were answered. Why was pana with seeds and nutmeg cheaper than plain bread? How did they fit those tiny boats in tiny bottles? Why is it that we hurt most those we love?
Before bright light awoke the world Tariq would feel most settled. A population silenced in slumber, this was his dreaming hour. His thoughts free to run and all possibilities unrestrained. The golden hues quietened his internal quarrels, blinded his pride and flooded his ego. Only the days tasks lay before him, which he had learned to be a lot easier for a man lightened of such terminal traits.
This morning, the sky rose in blackened tones and reality dawned upon Tariq. His eyes dipped into a murky pit of purple his thoughts would not settle, and he found no ease. He had known this day would come, when explanation would surpass him and instead, the complexity of change would attain a voice all of it’s own. His own held at ransom.
Deep in his chest he could feel it, rising and falling with urge to burst out and duty to stay hidden. A secret he had kept, a truth he had buried.
© elenaxtina.com, 2015 in Skies over A Shanty Town
Skies Over A Shanty Town
This thread turned into something more than I ever thought it could be. I ran with it and have enjoyed writing each instalment. I would encourage anybody who feels like they need an audience or just practice in their writing to start a short story and see where it leads. It’s a great way to grow your ideas and materialise your potential. Have fun with it and let your creative currents flow.
By starting a short story you will:
Learn your calling
“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” – Fabienne Fredrickson. You will suss these out along the way. Character traits, places, names, anything and everything. When you write freely, you will usually write what you care the most about. This is essential to know, if you want to write with purpose.
Identify your audience
You will start to identify your target market, or typical audience. You won’t get as many readers for short stories compared to poetry (if like me you started off publicly this way) by nature it is time consuming, but you will gain loyal ones. People that know and understand you, and your characters. Once they have invested in a story, they will want to know what happens next, they will want to support you. This also allows you to respond to their needs as a reader. From their responses get an idea of what makes them tick, the ways you make them feel what you want them to feel. With the words that you use and the way that you use them. Learn them how you would a best friend, or a partner so you can satisfy them.
Grow your style
Experiment with words, experiment with people and places but maintain your style. Each writer has one. Keep your personality and voice and let that be your constant. If you don’t know yours, try to identify it through your story. Once you have, be comfortable with yours. You can’t be everything to everyone, so develop your voice to the best of your ability and your story will do the rest for you :D