August 21st, 2012

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Writing Excuses 7.34: How to Start the Next One

Writing Excuses 7.34: How to Start the Next One

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/08/19/writing-excuses-7-34-how-to-start-the-next-one/

Key Points: Beware performance anxiety, torn between giving people what they want and the desire to avoid doing the same thing again and again. Watch for the pigeonhole! Look for ways to give them the things that make them happy while also doing something new. Figure out what appeals to audiences and give them that, plus what you want to do. Figure out why readers say, "I love this." Try writing yourself into a new voice. Experiment! Short fiction can be your laboratory. To kickstart something new, consume media, especially short fiction collections. Or mix-and-match character stereotypes and problems. Or do thumbnail sketches of story ideas. Review your notebook of ideas!
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[Brandon] All right. Your writing prompt is the hairy housewife. This is Writing Excuses. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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