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We’ve all made the Time. We have Determination and Dedication but without Direction we won’t be going anywhere! The definition of Direction is: the point towards which something moves.
When you write, you’ll begin to see a certain pattern or feel developing in your work. As you continue on your writing journey, this feel will become stronger and evolve into your own unique style. This is when you need to sit down and focus on writing guidelines. All print and e-publishers, magazines, writing competitions, university assignments have them. Learning to write to specific guidelines is good discipline for all writers. It teaches us to focus on the words we choose and how to tighten our sentence structure. When you only have 500-1,000 words to say what you want to say, you need to make every word count.
The other type of Direction (not One Direction) we need to have is in the daily grind of producing the work. In reading articles like this, of researching and deciding exactly what it is you want to write about, you’re searching for Direction in your work. World building, characterisation, structure – these all help give us Direction so when we sit down to write the first section of our WIP, we know where we want it to begin and end.
Of course, some of the time, your characters might not do things the way you’ve planned and they can end up pushing you around (I know, I’ve been there!) but this means they’ve definitely come to life and are three dimensional. As the creator, you just need to give them a little nudge back on track so the Direction of your story can progress smoothly.
Remember – you can fix a bad page, you can’t fix a blank page.
See you next time for more inspiration and instruction from The Write Place.
© Copyright, Anne Lucy Clark, The Write Place, March, 2017.
12/07/2017 / Kit Densley