Quote of the Day: To travel is to live. Hans Christian Andersen
Travel is never a matter of money but of courage. Paolo Coelho
Today is another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. You can also visit the founder Alex J. Cavanaugh for more info and links.
Question of the Month: For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt.
I don’t have a regular routine for this. I’ve written only a couple novels. It’s good to give it a rest, though, then go back to it with new eyes. I read through what I have of my current WIP before I took my road trip. The setting is similar to the road trip that I was on, so I took notes and tons of photos. After I returned, I thought of ways to enhance the current story, to make changes and adjustments. Last week, I finally got back to the story, which felt like a good amount of time. I started back at the beginning, thinking more clearly about where the story was going and what readers would need to know early on. I also journaled in my character’s voice to get her reactions to places I visited.
I needed to visit this place myself to know its mysteries. I needed to see, hear, feel, and experience the place. Then try to describe it from the POV of my character. I journaled about it last week and could really picture her there, discovering what makes it unique and inspirational to an artist she admired.
Go. Create. Inspire!
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That sounds like a wonderful way to get reinvigorated for a second draft. Regardless of research trips, the second draft is definitely the time to home in on what is important in the story, and cutting the fluff, so you’re on the right lines.
Taking a road trip to places you want to set the story is a great idea. So glad you had such a wonderful experience.
Yes, and I’ll be back!
A road trip is such a great idea! It helps you to get a “feel” for the the place.
I love those chairs.
That is just great you got to experience the places yourself. The story will be so authentic for it.
Thanks, Alex. Plus, if felt good to hit the road and explore!
That road trip sounds like a wonderful idea for inspiration!
Part of me is craving a road trip right now. It may or may not happen since we’re due to visit my in-laws in Texas. IF we do go, though, I plan on hitting the beach on the Gulf. I need a little water time.
That sounds lovely.
Journaling from the POV of your character seems like a very good idea. Takes you deeper into her mind.
I love the pictures and the idea of journaling in your character’s voice! Road trips are the best!
Thanks! They’ve all been useful tools, and fun to do.
I’ve heard putting yourself in the research (like visiting a setting) can really enhance a story and make it pop. So much more to a place than a picture. 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
That sounded and looks really fun and inspiring. Happy Writing.
Awesome, Mary! Seems like an interesting place. Just the idea of being able to travel again gets me all verklempt.
Journaling from the POV of characters is one of several ways I’ve used to get inside the heads of characters. A couple of others I’ve fooled around with are writing from the POV of the character’s psychologist, and writing Screwtape Letter style, one demon discussing with another demon strategies for screwing up the character’s life.
Ooo. I like that, Aaron. I’ll try that, too.