If I could give one writing tip in my life, workshopping your ideas through recording is it!
- It forces you to work on the tough sections you have been avoiding.
- It forces you to used critical thinking and problem solving.
- It simulates your mind to create new ideas and establish new links in your plot.
- It helps you get a deeper understanding of the world you created.
- When workshopping your characters you can really focus on what makes them unique and provides a deeper level of understanding.
- When you talk your scenes out with yourself, it helps you fully visualise it and this will be transferred onto the page.
- You can use it to relay dialogue to hear if it flows naturally.
- The more you talk the more ideas and points where you struggle come to mind.
- It will engage your mind and focus your ideas, as well as help determine what scenes or characters are important and which are not.
- You have a recording of your ideas and epiphanies so it will not get lost.
- Workshop your scenes before you write them.
- Workshop plot.
- Workout structure difficulties.
- Workshop your characters and see how they tick.
- Analyse the message and purpose of your story (theme).
- Critically assess the world you have created, is it as seamless as you believe it is?
- Take a deeper look into your problem areas whatever they may be.
- Review dialogue between characters.
- Find the connections between your characters and love interests.
- Analyse your story’s voice.
My Tips for a Successful Recording:
- Do NOT stress!
- Don’t be too serious about getting things done, be in the moment enjoy and create! The ideas will flow! You can talk about other things too, if you want.
- Have a general topic in mind but don’t plan it out. You need the creative juices flowing and you need some spontaneity.
- Outline to yourself what you want to discuss.
- Then start talking about the first problem which comes to mind.
- Tell yourself why it is frustrating you.
- Then go into possibilities of how to overcome it. Just throw ideas out there, they don’t have to be good! Just churn them out and good ones will come!
- If you are workshopping scenes tell yourself the backstory leading up to it.
- Start from the beginning of the scene as you see it happening, as if it was real time. As you are talking ideas will surely come.
- Lastly, make sure that it is actually recording….I suggest using Evernote’s audio tool. It is a free app that many writers use to record ideas. My tip for this is not to press the button on your phone that makes its sleep… or, whatever it is called…
Anyway With Love,