Thursday, 2 December 2010

THE 5 FOUNDATIONS OF WRITING

WRITING WITH MILITARY PRECISION 2


Can you dismantle a plot and put it back together again, in five minutes?  Read. Write. Improve. Keep at it, until you can! ;)


ARE YOU FIGHTING FIT AND READY?

1 BASIC TRAINING
Learn the skills; practise them; hone them: you may be called upon to use them for-real, one day

2 DISCIPLINE
Internal motivators will help you achieve those external word goals and literary achievements

3 LOYALTY
Loyalty to yourself is lonely; writers function best when they share the burden. As one of a team, writers support and encourage each other in times of crisis

4 ORGANISATION
Research. Know what needs to be done, plan and see it through

5 COURAGE
Writing is not an easy option, many decent people create well-written novels and get nowhere (fast or slow.) This is more than a skirmish or a series of battles: you need to be ready for the long haul. 


The McKinnons, the Yorkshire Regiment, the 3rd Marine Corp and Star-trek DS9  can't all be wrong:


"Fortes fortuna adiuvat"  :  Fortune favours the brave.   ;)

Are you feeling fortunate today?

8 comments:

  1. I'm starting to feel battle ready, but I think I still have some training to do.

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  2. I think I'm still square bashing, but I have hopes. Let's see if I have courage too!
    I'm interested in what you mean by dismantling a plot ...

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  3. Hi Patti
    Basics. Without the basics all is chaos ;)

    Hi Dominic
    Perseverance, hard work and... ;)
    Plot dismantling? It is the inevitable part of finishing reading, when I know where the book started and where it ended I spend a few minutes pondering - broadly - how the author got from the first to the second. I leaf through pages looking for the pivotal moments. :)

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  4. After that Out of My Box post I did yesterday? Hell yeah I'm feeling fortunate :)

    but I also think I'll be in training forever. Always more to learn and do . .

    .......dhole

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  5. Hi Donna
    I think your Out of My Box post was sooo cute. Maybe that is the thing about writing, you are always learning different ways to express and idea.

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  6. Feeling fortunate? Eek! I'm still in basic training!

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