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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
What's the need? On the 8th with @BrookBlander
What's the Need?
Since the new year began, I can't really say I've spent as much writing as I have thinkingabout 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.
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