Monday, February 14, 2011
Connecting the Dots
Simple, right? While it might seem that way, strategy played an important part in winning the game. One wrong move, and the opponent could score a lot of boxes.
In this writing game basic principles include:
1) A great story.
2) Strong characters.
3) Advanced knowledge and application of the craft.
Within that framework, variations are limitless. Every writer brings their individual history, culture, values, and level of spiritual maturity. Genre, the publishing climate, support system, and family add to the mixture's flavor. No two writers will connect the dots in exactly the same way.
Seek God for direction and how best to use the gifts He's put within you. Then, connect the dots, writing in your own unique, beautiful way.
What life events shaped the way you write today?
Posted by Susan J. Reinhardt at 12:01 AM
Labels: My Writing Journey
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Thank you for this very interesting. Blessings to you.
There are a multitude of life events that brought me to the place where I decided to write. But the biggest catalyst was my cousin Nora Roberts. I told her I would love to write and she said, 'Just do it!'
Hi Tonya -
You're welcome! Have a wonderful day.
Hi Rita -
Having a famous relative encouraging you is great! I'm glad you took her advice. Because of it, we've enjoyed Surrender the Wind.
I incorporate God into my trilogy. Its more than good triumphing over evil. At the end people will know its the God of the Judeo-Christain faith that wins, not merely a concept of good.
Oh my goodness--my current situation has been shaping so many of my stories and the direction they take. I can't help it!!
Hi Stephen -
Great! I'm looking forward to reading your book. I have it in my cart at Amazon, but I'm waiting for some additional information on another item.
Hi Terri -
I can relate. In my opinion, it's impossible for us to go through situations and separate them from our writing.
I think I have a child-like brain at times and that definitely influences how and why I write. Have a happy week! :O)
I grew up in a sarcastic home, but a loving one. These elements help me see situations in funny lights, as well as reach out to help people. Writing is a fun way to accomplish both!
Goodness, I can't pick just one. Personality, current events, latest shenanigans from the tribe? All of those and more.
I like your emphasis on seeking God's direction and using our personal gifts. This combo is 'copyrighted' right there and simply cannot be reproduced. Great thought!
Smiling and waving,
Good analogy, Susan! So much truth in your conclusion: "Seek God for direction and how best to use the gifts He's put within you. Then, connect the dots, writing in your own unique, beautiful way."
Looking daily for where God is at work has helped shape the way I write today. Hugs and blessings to you!
A lot of failure shaped the way I write today. It was useful to shape what I do now.
The stories I've heard growing up make their way into my writing.
Thanks for this reminder, Susan! You're a very encouraging person.
Hi Diane -
I've seen your Monday microfiction. You present your stories in a fresh, creative way.
Hi Jen -
I like this point. Sarcasm often has a negative connotation, but it can be used in a nice way.
Hi Rhonda -
Every day, I'm more and more aware of how much I need His direction. He sees the whole picture, while my view is limited.
Hi Maria -
As you point out in your Life Lessons, daily events teach us so much. I always find something to meditate on at your blog. :)
Hi Nancy -
Yes, I've made my share of mistakes. Trial and error isn't a fun way to learn, but it can be a good teacher.
Hi Melanie -
Thanks! My late husband had a way with words. Although he wasn't a writer, he told great stories. He was a great source of inspiration.
I enjoyed this post especially the comment "no two writers will connect the dots the same way".
I couldn't agree more. Our frame of reference, learning experiences etc. really help shape the way we see things and how we write about them. At times, I find that even our choice of words and our interpretation of those words are influenced in different ways and not always received the way we intended. It is a very interesting process to say the least.
Blessings to you and yours Susan.
Hi Dolores -
Yes, I agree. When a writing prompt is given, each person will produce something so different, so unique.
Now to just connect those dots...
Have a wonderful day:)
Hi Kristen -
Yes, it's definitely easier said than done!
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