Writing Tip ~Entry #3

Be purposeful about mastering your subconscious.

Yeah, writing in many ways is and always will remain a mystery. You don’t know why you love it; how you do it— you just do.
But the more purposefully you try to understand what goes on behind the locked doors in your mind where all the magic comes from, the better you’ll be able to control it.

So examine your work and examine yourself.

Discover why you write. Not just for Christ, or just because you have something to say— but what you are trying to say, and why. What was it that first sparked you? What common themes do all your works share? Heroism? Loss? Identity? Perseverance? Joy?

What flaws of your own bleed over into your writing life?

Identify your strengths; it will help you pinpoint and tackle your weaknesses.

Learn to recognize the symptoms of those weaknesses, then pull them apart and trace each flaw to its root.

Some things will always be mysteries. But the number of things that have to be is far fewer than most people think. The more you study yourself and your work, the more knowledge you have to apply to it.

That can only ever be a good thing.

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7 thoughts on “Writing Tip ~Entry #3

  1. It is rather interesting how our own lives and mental states subconsciously bleed into our writing. I always end up with one super dark, pessimistic character and one insanely cheerful character jostling around each other and making a mess of things, and if that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about my brain, I don’t know what will.

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    1. It’s hilarious, actually. I always end up with at least one character who’s really, really bad with the real world and who just wants to go off into the blue and not be human for a while so they can discover everything there is to know about the universe… XD

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  2. That “one character who’s really, really bad with the real world and who just wants to go off into the blue and not be human for a while so they can discover everything there is to know about the universe” is an INTP thing too!

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    1. *high fives* Only one function’s difference; doesn’t surprise me in the least. XD Hail, fellow non-human. Which dimension shall we conquer first?

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