I love the reminder that we should write about things we are curious about rather than things we already know. I try to do that – things I know a bit about but definitely want to know more. It gives me an excuse to immerse myself in another world.
And as for using curiosity to explore what might be possible – that is so important. Check out the quote by Walt Disney near the end of the post.
Then there is the suggestion that conflict is good, and to have characters with some contradictions is good – after all – aren’t most people like that? That would probably explain the love-hate relationship I have with one of my most recent heroines Eloise from ‘The Secret Life of Eloise’ (due to be published in 2016). I started by not liking her much, but still feeling a strong sense of fascination that spurred me on to write her story. I ended up by finding a lot of her hidden depths and really liking her. Mostly…
Using Curiosity & Contradiction to Fuel Your Writing:
This week, I had not one, but two, nuggets of writerly wisdom dropped into my lap. Even more fun, they were delivered in real time by real people via Twitter, of all places.
Just before lunch on Tuesday, the Grub Street Writing Center hit my inbox with an invitation to join a tweet chat happening that afternoon. For the uninitiated, a tweet chat is a coordinated group conversation that takes place on Twitter at a particular time. You can follow and participate in the conversation via the chat’s hashtag. Anyway – long story short – I decided to attend the chat. (I was procrastinating on a deadline, so I thought – why not?)
Side Note: I have found that the easiest way to keep…
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