Welcome to another Author Toolbox Blog Hop post.
After a break last month to focus on my university assignment, I’ve returned 🙂
I was going to write about my MA in Creative Writing, but the last module wasn’t great. We only spent a week on publishing and the rest on teaching in schools etc, not much use to an introvert who doesn’t want to do those things! I’m also not keen to revisit the marketing research I did for my assignment yet, so I’ll focus on something else in this post:
Learning to write for ourselves (Or, how to make writing fun again!)
The biggest problem with my MA is I have very little time to write during term time, and it’s ruined writing for me. The reason? Everything I do write is scrutinised for grades, and I’m aiming high so I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself. Writing’s just not as fun any more. I’d rather play video games, do surveys for Swagbucks, and cuddle with Merlin.
I used to love writing and spend every spare moment doing it. I didn’t care what I wrote or how good it was. I wrote to amuse myself, with no pressure to impress. I didn’t worry about plot, characters, or which scenes worked. Writing was fun, so I did it. I want to get back to that.
So how will I make writing fun again?
Remind myself first drafts don’t have to be a high standard. No one sees the first draft but me, so I give myself permission for it to be as trashy as possible.
Don’t let feedback get me down. Last semester I got lots of useful feedback on my writing, but one person said she wanted my characters to be girls. It bothered me as the comment wasn’t helpful, and I spent too much time dwelling on it. I need to remember I don’t have to act on all feedback, as I’m writing for myself first, and focus on the positives.
Imagine the stories I want to tell as a TV show and write them down, for fun, and to get to know my characters: The same reasons I read, game, and watch TV.
Sketch my characters: It helps me connect with them.
Write for myself. Ignore trends and target markets, and stop second guessing my writing based on what imaginary critics might say. Write the stories I want to read, that mean something to me. Because if I’m not having fun and don’t love my characters? It’ll show in my writing.
Thanks for reading!
Have you ever been stuck in a writing rut or received unhelpful feedback? What types of stories mean the most to you? Chat in the comments!
This post is part of the Author Toolbox Blog Hop, hosted by Raimey Gallant. To read more posts from the hop, click here, or on the image below:
Next week I’ll probably review Good Omens: The TV show and the book!