Oct 23, 2010

Wannabe Writers #39 (Constant Improvement)

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Where I am in the writing process: Unpublished with three novels in progress at the moment. 

My current problem(s): Not writing. I'm still taking a break from it all.  I'll probably start up again in November.  I'm going to be living out of the country from the next two months (starting in Nov.) so I'll probably have more time in the evenings to work on things.  I hope. 

My question this week:  When I first start writing I noticed improvement in my writing all the time.  These days my work seems pretty stagnant.  My quality of work is the same today as it probably was 6 months ago.  How do I continue to improve my work?


Swimmer said...

In swimming when I was younger I dropped time at every meet, and I would get better and better but now I am at this stage where I have to work insanely hard to drop even a little time. I think in writing it is the same way, once you get to a certain point you have to work harder to get better...

Witless Exposition said...

I think Swimmer has a good analogy. Back when I was a member of a gym (oh, so very very long ago), the trainer there said that once you reach a plateau you need to change up your routine a bit, hit different muscle groups, etc.

Maybe writing outside of your usual genre, or in a different point of view (I get stuck in 1st a lot, which doesn't always work for every story)?

Plus it might get your interest up a bit, to.

Good luck finding more time, hope your time in the country is relaxing!

Hayley said...

Hey...so I posted the wrong link the first time and reposted with the correct link but I can't figure out how to delete the first one. I'm sorry! Do you know how to get rid of the first one??

And to answer your question, I think the best thing to do is get yourself out of your writing comfort zone. Try a different genre, POV, style, etc. etc. Even if it's nothing you'd consider turning into a novel, look at it as a writing exercise and have some fun. If you're used to writing horror stories from the perspective of a 15-year-old girl, try writing a humorous tale from the perspective of an old man or an evil genius or something :)

J. L. Jackson said...

I have others read my work and I am constantly learning from them. I utilize a writer's group in order to use the knowledge of others. It's helped me out greatly.

Wow, two months out of the country! Where will you be going? I hope it's a great experience for you and your writing.

Rae said...

I agree with changing your routine, whether it's the POV, genre, or even non fiction/fiction, etc. Enjoy yourself living out of the country!

Hayley said...

Haha, ok so I come back today to check out other people's posts and now my link is on there 3 times? Sooooo sorry! Technology hates me.