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X Marks the Spot #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

 

X Marks the Spot

We’re not going to talk about how tenuous a link today’s title is. Nope, we’re going to skip right over that!

Whether you’re the type of writer who plans everything to the last detail, or merely follows a loose outline, there will be a point when you have a particular goal to work towards. A kind of x marks the spot (I told you it was tenuous), that indicates a major event or turning point in the story.

It might be the death of a character, or a scene set to change the direction of the plot. In the back of your mind – or in front of you in black and white – you know what you want to happen. It’s a game changer and that’s okay. You’re planning on it, so all is good.

But then the character decides, ‘sod that, I don’t want to die’ and you’re left with the aftermath of that particular fight. Then the only x marking the spot (okay, grasping at straws now), is the giant cross against all your best laid plans or the metaphorical grave you buried the body in! Sometimes the characters get their own way, sometimes they don’t, but however many plans you make, the road map is bound to change.

And tenuous links aside, that’s okay. We’re a flexible lot, and we develop a vast number of coping strategies to fit our mood, the situation or, let’s face it, if the wind blows the wrong way!

Thanks for stopping by

Mel

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Scribble away #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

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SScribble away 

Some people might wonder what all the fuss is about…so what if a writer uses ink instead of a keyboard to work their magic? Visually speaking, most images convey writers as sitting behind a computer or – something I’ve always dreamed of owning – tapping away at an old-fashioned typewriter. That said, if we’re talking a visual language, in BSL you would use the action for writing on paper. I digress… 

It doesn’t really matter if it gets the job done. In truth (and being the versatile writers that we are!) it’s probably a combination of the two. I used to be stubborn about my own process, and even convinced myself that the writing was better if I used pen and paper first. Using ink and letting the story flow is still my method of choice, especially if I’m suffering from writer’s block, but I’m more confident going straight to the keyboard now. I guess part of it stems from the way my creative energy translates itself. I love the freedom writing by hand gives me, and it does feel like the words come from a well inside me that I tap into whenever I have a pen in my hand. It’s difficult to explain to those who don’t write. The experience of letting go and allowing the story to tell itself – it’s a beautiful kind of magic.  

Thanks for stopping by

Mel

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