If you haven’t noticed by now, this week the theme is creativity. I introduced Austin Kleon who is known for blacking out words in Newspapers until they have a statement of words together that make us smile, and I shared Dan Brown’s source of inspiration for his thrillers – it’s all about the research. Creativity isn’t about squeezing your brains until they hurt by trying to come up with something new.
Sometimes it’s about the rewrite. I know every writer has manuscripts hiding. Some of them might be frightening to open, and others may feel okay but not spectacular. There’s a way out. Use the methods of the authors introduced this week. Black everything out until you have the sentences that hold up your story. Or, start your research process over again. Maybe you didn’t build the pile high enough to get what you need to fill the story.
Getting creative while you rewrite can evolve the story and change into something new. We all know how we feel about the first pieces. There’s a reason we call them Sh—tty First Drafts. I thought my first short story was the most amazing thing in the universe, until I waited a few years. My mouth dropped in horror. It was awful. Pick up the old pieces and stitch them together on paper.
We rewrite ourselves every day. It’s okay to do the same with our novels. In our layers of lifetime goals, one of those is becoming our best writers.
Time to get rewriting!
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