Okay so this week I’m going to talk to you about the sin of ‘emotional distance’. What’s that you ask? Well that’s when you write simply for the sake of writing. When it seems as though you’re writing on auto-pilot leaving about as much passion in your prose as there will be a spark of interest from your readers.
Perhaps you started your piece with passion, you believed it to be a great story with lots of potential and perhaps that was even true, but, somewhere along the line your zest for it died. Or maybe you tried to sit down and write with your cat, dog, kid and husband all whining at you for your undivided attention by constantly interrupting you every two seconds with needless comments and questions and – eh hem, yes well likely that’s just me. I digress. The real point I’m trying to make is that if you write without believing in what you’re putting down, then no one else will want to pick it up.
Good writing isn’t just a great story with a great plot and fantastic characters and superb dialog, it’s also a reflection of what’s going on between the lines. It’s about the very soul that seeps its way from our crafty minds into the nooks and crannies of every word we write on a page. It’s about heart, it’s our voice. And if it isn’t there…well then you’ve got yourself a Cardboard Book.
So go off and smell a rose, hug a baby, slide around in your underwear and socks, grow a garden, do whatever it is that inspires you to remember why it is you are who you are and you do what you do. 🙂
Tammy’s Tip of the Week
Just keep writing, just keep writing, just keep…well you get the idea, just don’t forget to add the love. Nudge nudge, wink wink. 😉