Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What's the need? On the 8th with @BrookBlander

On The 8th with Brook Blander Newsletter

What's the Need?

Since the new year began, I can't really say I've spent as much writing as I have thinking about the elements of writing. My editor has me taking a break from my current WIP (Work In Progress) and indulging in a new story. This time around, I'm allowing myself time to really think it through before the pen hits the paper. My thoughts...what are the needs? 

What are the needs of my characters? 
Every character has a need. They're often translated as the character's motivation in the story, but there are instances when a character has needs that they are not truly aware of until they discover these needs at the close of the story. While at other times, a character identifies what they are in need of right at the opening of the book. As writers, it is as important to know what the needs are of our characters as it is to know what drives them from where the story begins to "the end". Without a forward movement, there's not story. 

What are my needs as a writer?
How well can you serve your readers if your own needs are not being met? Are you in touch with your needs as a writer? This can be physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc. But in regards to your writing needs, are you in need of constant feedback? Are you in need of that instant gratification? Are you in need of more journaling time to focus on what it is that you escape when you allow yourself to be absorbed into the world of your writing? As a writer, take the time to:
        1. Identify your needs,
        2. Assess whether your needs are being met,
        3. Evaluate how your writing responds when these needs are not being met,
        4.  Track your needs are as they change,
        5. Create a realistic plan to ensure that your needs are fulfilled.

Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? Brook Blander, Literary Writing Coach
5 Benefits of Hiring a Writing Coach

1. Accountability. 
2. Objectivity.
3. Motivation.
4. Support.
5. Focus.

Journaling Prompt

List three things that are important to you. Continue the exercise by writing about what motivates, or prompts, you to push forward in different areas of your life.

When writing fiction, you MUST know what your character's needs are. Every character has a need. Thats fiction in a nutshell...the journey to fulfill needs...those of the characters...and of the writer.
- Brook Blander

Recommended Reads

The Plot Whisperer
by Martha Alderson

Bird by Bird
by Anne Lamotte

Creating Character Emotions 
by Ann Hood

Copyright © 2012 Brook,
All rights reserved.

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