It’s been almost three weeks since I started this blog! Make sure to check out the link below to read my very first writing prompt response about bread.
I’ve learned so much in the past few weeks working on these posts. Initially, my brain felt like mush. Coming up with things to write isn’t difficult. Creating a coherent and complete story from a pre-determined prompt with only a few hours to write and edit? More difficult, especially in the midst of everything else during a typical week, but I’m gradually feeling more ‘in shape.’ Like any other form of exercise, you have to get the muscle moving and keep working it to feel the results.
One of the most important things I’ve learned is to embrace what comes out…even if I hate it. There’s always something to be learned. I re-read one of my drafts this week and realized it was horrible. After the tens of hours I spent writing and editing, it was discouraging, but if I can see the problems then I can fix them. Being able to read objectively after a few weeks away from it prepared me to tackle it again and shape it into what it needs to be.
Another lesson I’ve learned is that the real work happens after the story is written. Enough cannot be said to stress the importance of proofreading and editing, especially cutting unnecessary words or scenes. Be creative during the first draft, ruthless during the second.
The more I write, the more I thoroughly enjoy it. There’s something so fulfilling about crafting a complete story, breathing life into a tiny microcosm, and sending it out into the world. Thank you for joining me on that journey, and I look forward to seeing where this road leads us!
I am working on a serialized story that I will be releasing over 4 weeks, so watch for that in March!