Writing a story is a lost art nowadays. We live in an age where information is plentiful, but comprehension of the work is complex and complicated beyond what we can understand. Many writers have different views on what makes and breaks a novel or poem. Let me guide you in my head for just a little while. Maybe you’ll get something out of this, and maybe you won’t.
I like many writers, used the Self Promotion group here. Now, I appreciate the creation of it, because I’ve found many awesome writers due to the Self Promotion group. However, I feel that the group is over-saturated with writers, so I don’t want to clog up the board with my stories. I love the fact that people come find it! That’s why I won’t promote it. There is something about the find that we as humans crave. We like discovery, but some of us don’t like forced discovery. This is why I (for the most part,) avoid featured writers like the plague. (thefutureisbright definitely deserves that spot though) So, how do you promote work by not promoting it. Here are two tips that are not guaranteed to work, but see if they do for you.
- Facebook – Create a author page for your work, post your profile for Protag and your Facebook on the Protag profile. This allows you a deeper connection with your audience.
- Most importantly, write! Write like a mad person, and don’t doubt your muse. Writing will increase your fanbase, slowly. This is why you see so many people with 100+ pages. It isn’t a case of “We love our own words” but that our muse burns like a fire! Quality, and quantity spreads your work wider.
So yes, this is a very small list of things, but stick to those two, and you should be fine. I don’t edit my poems, because they’re like mini time capsules to me. My work is always personal, and it always makes me mad to look back at, because most of my life isn’t happy stuff.
That being said, there are to me, two different ways of attacking the dreaded monster we writers call Plot!
- Character driven plot – This plot is, well, driven by your character and the characterization of the character. One of these days, when Christabel Mordsa is finished, (at least book 1) I’ll show you an example of this.
- Outline driven Plot – This is the one I dread. Why? It structures my ideas, but rigidly and doesn’t allow my plot to grow. This took a lot of time to sink into my head, but I compared two stories, one driven by the outline, and one driven by the character. Overall, my writing improved when I let the Muse fly.
Now, that’s not to say that your mind doesn’t have a outline. Of course it does, that’s how we think. The characters in my novel are set. There are many you haven’t met yet, and I think that’s the thing I want to impart with you today.
Build your characters, mold them into basic outlines and give them personality traits, and throw them in situations. This differs from a situational plot novel. A situational plot novel is what Stephen King is famous for. He’ll throw characters into situations and write how they get out of them. What I’m telling you is to write situations that build your character, but don’t make the situations your plot.
I hope that made sense. Anyways, as always this work is collaborative. I’m very happy to see someone ran with the ball and I hope to see more.
Prepare for Chapter 4 of Christabel Mordsa, it’s gonna be fun.