A detailed description of the writing process.
I`m having a major writing block at the moment, it`s kind of a blogging blues because I have been daily blogging in the last month and now that I went back to posting weekly, I feel stuck.
I feel like I`ve lost the ability to put my thoughts into words even though that`s what I have been doing for the last 2 years.
So I decided to write about writing, to try and describe the process I have been using to write 100 posts on my blog in order to remind myself of what it actually means to turn your thoughts and feelings into words and of the impact words can have on your target audience.
It all comes down to this:
Writing is all about the story you are telling, the message, the main idea that is urging you to be shared. That`s the art.
How long will it be, what words will you use, who`s your target audience, etc, that`s the craft, the package in which you will sell your story.
On the 500words Facebook group, somebody asked this question
“(…) This question is for you experienced bloggers: What is the normal/acceptable length for a blog? I want it to be long enough to deliver my message but not too long where people won’t read it or stop reading it.”
To which I answered:
“Just focus on the story you are telling, the clearer the better. If the story is catchy and interesting enough, people will keep reading even if it`s long and they won`t want it to end.
When I say the story I mean the message you are communicating.
So always ask yourself, what`s the best way to express this or that. Keep it simple and clear. You`ll learn more about this along the way!! Good luck :D”
Now what is that story and what does it mean to have a strong one to tell?
Don`t worry you don`t have to assist a war or fall in and out of love every now and then, you can turn any thought and any feeling into a worthwhile and influencing story.
How do you do that? You describe.
“Ugh, you always put things in the right words” you know you’re a writer when you start hearing this very often right?
Well, a writer`s skill lies in her/his ability to bring about the most mundane feeling and describe it in such a vivid and accurate way that it influences her/his audience so deeply that they start connecting with you and reacting to your story.
Only then will your message stick with them better and longer.
For instance….You don`t just say that you are feeling lonely, you put your heart in front of the mirror and describe what you are seeing, and then you describe what stimulated this loneliness in the first place. Did you have a conversation with someone who didn`t understand you? Or were you in a crowd of people and still felt like you didn`t fit in? That`s what you gotta describe.
Or again, you notice that you are deeply convinced with a belief?
Then you describe that belief with all its aspects and you tell us the story of how that belief implemented itself inside your head and into your life.
One thing to be aware of is the fact that it is impossible to translate our thoughts and feelings EXACTLY as they happen inside our heads because we simply cannot grasp everything that is swiftly and messily swirling through our minds, so our job as artists would be to present our readers with as many facets of our thinking as possible.
This is similar to trying to give your friend an idea about the Taj mahal which she has never seen, what you do is you take as many good photographs of it from very different angles.
The more angles you present your friend with and the better the quality of the images is and the more vivid the colors are, the clearer the Taj mahal will be for her.
Same with writing, it`s about amplifying, zooming in, giving metaphors, getting the image closer to the audience.
You don`t just report that your self-esteem has been low lately and that it has plainly caused you to procrastinate everything.
No, you bring yourself in and you tell us how it happened, the chronology, the details of that feeling, you give us metaphors and comparisons to understand you more and connect with you deeper.
Here`s for instance how I expressed my low self-esteem and lack of motivation in this post:
“It`s 05 a.m. and I have lost it.
I cannot handle the way I have been treated lately anymore. That limiting treatment I have been giving myself is pushing me to a dead end that paralyzed my every move.
My hope and ambition have been robbed from me and I have become but a marionette worked from above by strings of doubt and self-pity attached to my limbs.
But how did this happen?
Did my dreams get bigger than my ambition could handle? …
Did I sip on too many waves of information and reality that they shut down the fire of my passion, that all I am now is scared of how I`m gonna use that information and change that reality?
Or have I lost the once-burning desire to add value altogether?”
Of course, this skill of accurate and vivid description can be gained with practice, but you cannot start that practice if you aren`t willing to bare your soul and mind to serve that purpose of connecting and influencing.
A good writer should never be afraid of vulnerability nor expressing opposing opinions to the general conventions.
Grow Gracefully Daisies!!