Monomania – definition: obsession with a single subject or idea
Well, I’m sure you are all aware of my monomania – writing but it would be fun to see what your obsession is.
Since finding ‘writing’ as a creative outlet there has been no stopping me. The added benefits are the friends I have made through the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County and through all the forms of social media I subscribe to, especially this blog.
Feign – definition 1) to give a false appearance of: induce as a false impression 2) to assert as if true: pretend
The obvious link to writers is, of course the creation of our imaginary worlds, characters and plots. We excel in creating ‘falseness’ to weave our stories and make our readers believe that our characters are not only real but are in the depths of struggles they have to overcome. Some characters will be quickly categorized as good or evil, handsome or plain but as the architect of the story these too can be false.
A seemingly charming gentleman could be a swindler; a delicate young woman may hide a dark secret…these false impressions are useful tools in capturing our readers, in essence luring them into the character so they identify with them either positively or negatively. Their true nature can be revealed gradually or as a dramatic event at the height of your story arc.
I have such a character in one of my novel’s, The Twesome Loop. He is outwardly a charming, suave gentleman but it is all an act. He came from a poor family, took elocution lessons to rid himself of his local accent and only works at the solicitors offices in the hopes of ‘bagging’ himself a rich widow amongst the will’s and estate documents that pass over his desk. I’ll not spoil the story but let’s just say his ‘perfect’ life doesn’t go quite as planned.
It is these ‘false’ presumptions that make our tales not only interesting but give an insight into human behavior – if it is human’s you are dealing with! Even paranormal beings have perceived character types as well as flaws. To be successful in creating a false world, we have to formulate our own specific rules for that realm. Another of my novel’s, Life in Slake Patch, has men and women living in separate compounds with ‘married’ couples only allowed Sunday’s for visiting. It seemed quite a simple basis for a new world order until I began the task of the practicalities. Attention to these kinds of details, even if they are not apparent in the story make our falsehoods even more believable.
Have you created a ‘complicated’ realm or character that required more than the usual falsehood of the storyteller?
Finding something that excites and engages you is a rare gift. For writers (published or not!) the ability to immerse ourselves into words and create entire worlds with them is truly wonderful. No matter which genre or genres you write, you are the creator, manipulating characters, plots, story arcs and more. Techniques are as diverse as there are writers and authors. I free flow 90% of the time but planning your story has its merits as well as I am finding out with my latest project, Ockleberries to the Rescue. (The result of last year’s National Novel Writing Month challenge) Just remember to listen to that little voice; your muse; as stories can become an entity all their own, bringing new details, characters and story lines into play.
There are many of us who have to ‘fit in’ our writing time into day jobs, family life and other distractions but I have found if you ‘AVOWAL‘ your passion, you can organize proper writing time – more importantly uninterrupted writing time.
So for those of you who have not heard of the word AVOWAL – it is today’s desk calendar word. The definition is ‘an open declaration or acknowledgement’. May I suggest you declare your need for writing time and explain it isn’t a passing fad, a little hobby or unimportant. Time for yourself is important and given the opportunity it will make you happier and therefore make their lives happier. (It isn’t really blackmail – is it?)
Another important part of a writer’s life is finding a group or writing circle, where you can share your passion, give and receive support and encouragement. My group has changed my life dramatically and I can say I will never leave! We have local but also virtual members, who are spread across Canada, America, Australia and Europe. Our web site gives everyone access to writing challenges, the opportunity to share our work, receive feedback and even has a chat feature! http://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com
If you don’t have a circle or indeed would love to start one, may I suggest a couple of books to help you start?