Feb
12
2016

Practice Makes Perfect

Alright readers, I'm going to try something different. For the last year, I've been in learning mode when it comes to writing. I've been reading books, such as Stephen Kings, On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft and Orson Scott Card's book for How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy. Including K.M. Weiland's Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success and Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story. I've listened to a few writing podcasts, my favorite being Writing Excuses by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells.   I've also joined up with James Patterson's Teaches How to Write a Best Selling Novel at MasterClass.com.  I've supported other writers by alpha/beta reading with feedback, through my wonderful writing group and through masterclass.com. With all that research I'm now afraid to write. I'm afraid my words, descriptions, plot, etc. aren't good enough, because I've set such high standard on what to do and what not to do.   My problem: I can't perfect my talent unless I practice.   A solution: Write, and let all that beautiful wisdom I have learned come in naturally and at revision time. The solution is easy, right?  Well, maybe not so much for me when I struggle to find time for writing and don't have a developed habit.  What may work for me is to start with a simple idea to practice with and don't set any expectations, but perhaps include writing area topics.  Metaphor time: I need to learn how to walk again after sitting down for so long.   Something Different This is where my something different comes into play.  I'm going to write in this blog on one of my underdeveloped small ideas and just let it fly.  I won't work so hard on plotting, outlining, character development or arc's.  I'm just going to write to work on the little stuff and then move on to those tougher levels (that is tougher for me).  If you see the title post starting with [SKY] you'll know that this is me practicing.  From time to time I may include concept sketches and author notes at the bottom.  I plead with you to leave constructive feedback.  If I don't say thank you right away it's because I am too busy with my full-time BA job, young kids, and church activities, but I do appreciate your time and considerations.  

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Hi, I am Jamie McCoard (also known as Tevyn or JMcCoard). This blog is about my thoughts and dreams towards becoming a published writer.  It's a long term goal.

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