I love the thinking that goes into The Collaborative Writer. I spent the last week or so thinking about the topic discussed in the article above, setting your writing compass. How is anyone supposed to know where they are going if there is no plan? No one needs to follow even the most well-developed plans completely. That is what is so great about planning. You learn a lot throughout the process – which is true in my case. Once you are “done” with the planning, then you can go back and apply what you learned, thereby not sticking to the original plan.
I admit that I become bogged down in the process. I love it and feel the need to revise it in some ill-fated attempt at perfection. This process may actually serve a purpose in my writing. When I think about my original writing plans, they were way too small for what I truly feel I can accomplish. I had to go back and reevaluate what I want to do. Each book I read gives me new insight and new ideas into what I want to accomplish. I just need to find a way to balance my reading with my writing. I love both, but it is all too convenient to fall into a good book as a way of procrastinating on the writing front. I need to break out of that cycle!
It is time to get back to the topic of setting your writing compass. I don’t know how any person wishing to make an impact as writer can accomplish anything without some idea of intent. What do you want your work to do? Of course, that gets to the heart of why people write. It may seem obvious, but it is also worth remembering.
- The Collaborative Writer (russelllindsey.wordpress.com)
- Writing Tidbits (russelllindsey.wordpress.com)
- A Time for Honesty (copywrite1985.wordpress.com)
- Reason Vs. Intuition: Finding The Right Balance (alwayswellwithin.com)
- The Writer of No Future (accordingtohoyt.com)
- The Five Stages of Writing a Book (madgeniusclub.com)