Blogging from A to Z ~The Letter F

Friday April 6, 2018 ~ The Letter E  

 

This month, I write about being a writer, alphabetically.

I’ve written nonfiction, short stories, and poetry. My media has included everything from keyboard to fountain pen to crayon.  And yes, I’m working on a novel.

Please join me each day as I explore this craft and career of playing with words as I participate in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2018.

 

The Letter F

 

Fiction

I enjoyed success in the world  of nonfiction. I get a kick out of researching and then taking all that information and organizing it into something informs, or supports an argument, or entertains, or teaches. Nonfiction is organized  and linear and and begins with a definite purpose.  I’ll always have a soft spot for nonfiction, I guess it goes hand in hand with my passion for helping others learn. Nonfiction is fun.

Fiction is fuzzy. The  purpose of fiction?  Well, I’d say it’s to get those stories bouncing around in my skull out into the fresh air. To find the words that will create a reasonable facsimile of that story in, hopefully, the heads of a bunch of readers. And to make that story compelling enough to entertain those readers, who I’ve never met. And to get them to like my words enough to actually spend money to get more of them.

Who wouldn’t find that at least a little intimdating?

Fiction is fuzzy, and that makes it a challenge.  Gauntlet thrown – I like challenges.

And fiction is fun, too.

 

Feedback

Guess what?  Sometimes the words I lay down don’t convey to others what I imagine in my head. Occasionally I get my story bogged down with too much description. Or I assume that anyone reading my work will of course get a possibly obscure reference. Now and then, my story doesn’t make sense to anyone but me. Or  the middle lags. Or my characters annoy rather than engage.

And here’s the thing – I am absolutely oblivious to those shortcomings.  Because I have the advantage of knowing what’s in my head. Those poor  readers don’t stand a chance.

Feedback from someone who isn’t privy to the stuff whirling around inside my brain is priceless. I seek guidance from those who know the craft, put on my thicker skin, and follow their advice. My work is better for it. From this I take away two things. First, better to share the final product with mom, because she may not be able to see the flaws. And, if the feedback doesn’t offer something constructive, it may not be all that helpful. I don’t need to invite bashers to my critique party – they’ll just wreak havoc with my self confidence.

Feedback makes me a better writer, and I bet it will help you, too

 

Finish

A novel is a really huge bunch of words!  A typical fantasy or romance has 60,000 to 80,000 words! My upmarket humorous women’s novel will likely finish at about 100,000 words.  That’s something like 200 of these blog posts!

But I need to finish things to feel productive.  So I give myself smaller goals – maybe a daily word count, or a chapter to finish. Then I have a box to check at the end of the day. Or I write a poem or a short story. Holding a finished piece of work in my hands give me a feeling of accomplishment.  Small bites, that’s what keeps me going. I hope it works for you too.

Tomorrow, the letter G  …

 

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Gabrielle V Brown

Gabrielle resides in the Rocky Mountains where she makes websites, plays with food, does church things, and writes stories. Gabrielle studies at a seminary in the upper midwest.

11 thoughts on “Blogging from A to Z ~The Letter F

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    I think I am a better reader of Fiction than writing! After all loyal readers are required too isnit it?? Lol… 🙂 Thank you for visiting my blog. Happy AtoZ!

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      I think all writers are readers as well. And, I too am probably a better reader than writer! Thanks for stopping by!

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    I have only tried for short goals. Someday I’d like to go for the longer fictional piece, but it seems like sosososo many words! You make it sound doable though!
    Mainely Write

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    I came from a non-fiction world as an IT consultant for many years. A detailed analytical, I never thought I’d be able to write fiction. But I did and I am and I love it! I don’t plan, I start with a seed and it grows as I type.

    Feedback is important, but like you said, constructive is the best.

    Finishing is the best feeling! That said…I hate editing. I want to get on to the next story!

    Donna B McNicol, author & traveler
    Romance & Mystery…writing my life
    A-Z Flash Fiction Tales: http://dbmcnicol.blogspot.com
    A-Z of Goldendoodles: http://ourprimeyears.blogspot.com

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      I have to force myself not to edit while I’m drafting. Then when it’s time, I’m not so fond of editing either.

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    I love reading fiction more than non-fiction. But I love the way you have explained non-fiction.
    Feedback is so critical for self improvement. It helps you to improve your own writing and develop as a writer.
    I came across this quote which says that, ‘No one has a problem with the first mile of a journey. Even an infant could do fine for a while. But it isn’t the start that matters. It’s the finish line.’ So yes, finishing your goal for the day is important. I love your theme, Gabrielle.
    How to Travel with Friends and Still Be Friends after the Trip #AtoZChallenge

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      Aww, thanks Shilpa. I’m really enjoying your posts. Yes, the Finish Line matters!

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    Ooohh, a vote for Team Fiction ! I can see why you perceive it as fuzzy, but frankly who says that your facts are as true as they seem? Fake facts, anyone?

    What is the purpose of fiction? To me it’s more than entertainment and making money. I like to believe that readers connect with fictional characters and relate to them on some level. They may have something in common, they are compassionate about the bad things that happen to them (but they’re glad it’s the character’s and not their own problem, haha.)

    Happy Weekend, Gabrielle!

    Returning your visit from https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/2018/04/f-is-for-florence.html

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      Well said, Tamara. And I meant fuzzy in the best possible way. I find joy in fiction writing, and I like to think I connect with readers. And, yes, provide a little entertainment. As far as the money, well, its a good thing I’m not trying to live on my writing proceeds. (yet)

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      You’ve clearly come a bit further in your genealogy than me. If I had nothing but free time, I’d be chasing tree branches every day!

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