I’m stubborn. I know, shocker right? I believe the term “Talking to a brick wall” describes me and my family perfectly. Sometimes it requires a sledge-hammer to get a point across and sometimes, even that doesn’t work. The irony is that I am open-minded. I have friends and family from such a large variety of backgrounds, experience, and beliefs. I try not to judge and I will listen to just about everything. I can’t promise to like it, but I can promise to listen.
In my opinion, as a writer, this mindset is what helps me create such a large variety of characters. Situations that my characters come in contact with are just as varied. This variant gives me a wide range of possibilities.
Don’t get me wrong though, I still have to deal with my stubbornness. As a result of it, when I learn my lesson, it’s usually painful and after several attempts to work around it. The thing is, I know I’m not alone. Not only is my family impossibly stubborn from my children to my distant relatives, but I tend to associate with equally stubborn people. Not sure why, maybe we put off a pheromone that attracts us to each other. Who knows.
What I do know is that while I can hope the list of lessons I’ve learned about writing will help other writers, I realize that writers are probably the most stubborn, block headed people on the planet…okay, maybe Politicians give us a run for our money, but that’s a different subject. Even if you don’t heed my advice, fellow writers, perhaps you can find one or two that you have also learned to share it with us. I know I’m always eager to see what others have learned.
I was going to post the list with explanations in this entry, but I got to four and found the post to be long so I’m going to break it up into a series. Much like my Picture This series so stay tuned! In the meantime, here is just the list, without explanation for each one, a teaser for you to look forward to.
Top 10 Lessons Learned: (not in order learned)
- Lie to me
- The First Draft Sucks
- Vary Viewpoints
- Keep Roleplaying to a Minimum
- Steal time from your day
- Inspiration is Everywhere
- You’re not perfect
- Keep Moving Forward (Thank Meet the Robinsons movie for this title)
- You have to have faith
- Follow your passion
- Writer’s Analysis (ahorseandtwogoats.wordpress.com)
- Just Listen and Wait… (yvefromtheheart.wordpress.com)
- Why Writers Write (theraiderflash.com)