You might have had the best idea for a book, short story, or article. And then, when sitting down to write it, you hit a roadblock. During some point or another, every writer comes to an obstacle in the development of a story.
If you have reached a snag, you can always ask others for input.
However, we—writers—do not like to petition for help. I’ll be the first to admit we can be [rather] possessive, especially when it comes to our creation. We hold onto it tightly, and become paranoid that someone will steal the concept. Trust me, not everyone is out to get you, and run away with your ideas.
Open-up to family, friends, or writing group and share your troubles. Getting other’s feedback can be valuable. They offer fresh thoughts, give a different perspective, or envision a way out.
Asking for assistance does not discredit your talent; you still have to write the story.
Think about it:
Pixar’s creative genius brought us amazing movies such as: Toy Story, Monster’s Inc., The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, etc. In the DVD extras, you will notice the staff collaborate together, build a storyboard of scenes, and decide which sections become part of the finished product. They combine forces, and concoct those brilliant movies.
You are not a failure if you get someone else’s thoughts or ideas. Most of the time, friends, family or fellow writers offer advice freely and happily. In a way, it’s similar when building or naming characters after someone you know. Besides, you can always thank them at the end of your finished novel.
Take care, my friends. 🙂
Okay. . . so I didn’t post my Where I’m at Wednesday by midnight. Oops! I was working on it last night, but consequently fell asleep.
So. . .Let’s get writers plugged in!
-are basically online writers groups.
These are just a small collection of my favorite forums, and can help you too.
by Harper Collins
Authonomy is one of my favorite forums. Authors can upload [minimally] 10,000 words, receive feedback, and get helpful tips to strengthen their work. By submitting your project(s), the goal is to reach the “Editors Desk”. If your submission gains popularity and climbs to the top of the chart, it could be viewed by ‘scouting’ agents.
But, it isn’t necessary to upload your work. You can read, review other people’s projects, and/or join the discussions on various topics.
This website is a forum of forums. It has pretty much anything you can conceive a writer’s needs.
I love Writer’s Digest! There are so many things: helpful tips, tutorials, online classes, the list goes on and on. This is a website that not only wants your work to shine, but also wants you to engage other writers.
Believe it or not, Goodreads has many forums that you can join. It is a great outlet for writers as well as readers.
A creative writing forum dedicated to all writing, where writers can discuss publishing, plot, character development, and word mechanics.
And who can forget. . .
or National Novel Writing Month
NaNoWriMo is an annual incentive to get people to write a novel within the month of November. It is huge! For those who are participating this year I wish you the best of luck.
The forum has many helpful things, and can plug you in with fellow writers.