Naturally Charlie by S.L. Scott ~ Blog Stop
Naturally Charlie by S.L. Scott
Author’s Biography for S.L. Scott – “A Prior Engagement”
Italian Brat’s Blog Guest Post – Naturally, Charlie
This opportunity to share my thoughts on the writing process and publishing along the writing way is great. Thank you for having me on your site today.
Stay true to yourself. This is so important because it makes your work more authentic and your words more genuine. By my definition, this means that you need to write the story you intended to write all along. Listen to your instincts, block out the distractions, and that will guide you in your writing.
Write for yourself. If anyone ever asks me for writing tips, this is the one I always give. If you write for yourself, you’ll write the story that was always meant to be, the story that was inside of you all along. If you let others sway your storyline or influence you in a different direction, a lot of times the characters will take on out-of-character actions or dialogue. It won’t feel like them because it’s not, it’s manufactured or altered to fit to force an outcome.
I believe every character has a journey and it’s our job to record that journey, not direct it. You can be the Captain and yet, you still need to rely on your crew (characters) to pull their own weight.
With that said, editors usually give great advice to help enhance your story and/or characters, not change it.
I know what you’re thinking – what about an outline? If you outline, it’s all right there in front of you. If that’s how you work best, then go for it. Use all the tools at your disposal. You know yourself and habits best.
As for me, I feel restrained by outlines. I started an outline for a story and as I got to know the character better that character’s plotted path in the story didn’t fit who he really was anymore. I decided right there to let him lead me and it’s a better story for it. I do see the value in outlines though and understand the theory behind it to keep writers on track and on a schedule. I’m a disciplined writer. This is my passion and when I’m writing a story, it’s usually bursting to get out, so I tend to write fast.
The final advice I would give is one that Stephenie Meyer gives on her website: Know your characters – know them inside and out. You should know their favorite food, favorite color, and band. What was their first concert, their major in college, and what kind of car do they drive? Obviously, know the things that are applicable to your characters and have made them into the people they are in the story at this point.
Knowing these things will help you develop them the way they should be which means they will respond more naturally and their dialogue will fit their personality.
These are my live-by rules to writing. I hope they can help you in writing the story in your heart and your head.
Thank you again for featuring me on your blog.