HI! I’m Susan Price, writing coach at re/Write: Scribbles to Stories. My mission is to help would-be writers past their fears about writing. While good writing takes work, that work doesn’t always need to be tedious or difficult. My goal as a coach is to not only help my writers write well, but to show them how to make writing more fun.
This blog is called starting your story because, for me, starting is the easiest and most fun part. As with a walk through through a lovely meadow, what begins as a happy impulse may quickly become much more challenging: For the walk, what looked like a lovely stroll turns into an exercise in finding a clear and level path, watching out for hazards such as snakes or holes, and checking yourself afterwards for unwanted hitchhikers (insects and ticks). For your story, the opening scene gives way to developing the plot, characters and theme; organizing the narrative; and bringing your short story, essay, report or novel to a close. The challenge may also be fun, but impulse won’t get you to the end of walk or written project. For that you’ll need perseverance and know-how.
At the start, all possibilities still shimmer with potential greatness. So how do we bring that potential to fruition? My answers will include discussions of such ideas as:
- Revise the Rules.
- Love what you write. (yes, even for school essays)
- When you have an idea, just write. (cleanup can happen later)
I hope you’ll join me on this adventure of writing.