This post was written for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group where we share our encouragement or insecurities on the first Wednesday of the month, to join the group or find out more click here.
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OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
When you are working on a story, what inspires you?
All kinds of things: how-to-write manuals, books I read, movies and tv shows I watch, and the occasional webinar.
A while back, I discovered the Reverse Outline, and it saved my story. I hit a wall. No surprise there, and my solution turned out to be a simple one. Everyone knows when revising, we go through and chop away the stuff that doesn’t fit the story and fill in the rest of the story with what’s missing.
I had done my traditional campfire story–my take on the outline–then I went off target and loved where it was going. So I strayed further and further away and basically got lost.
In the Reverse Outline method, the first thing you do is logline each chapter (I used excel to track my plot and subplots) until what I’d written petered out. Then I looked at where I wanted the story to end, and back filled from there. During the presentation, she also suggested this was the best time to add tweaks and surprises.
It got me back on track. I’m so grateful to Masha du Toit for helping me save my work.
Angela M. Sanders pointed out the Id List during a recent presentation.
Simply make a list of all your favorite things. What makes the quality of your life that much better? Things like walks in the park, playing with puppies, feeding a bunch of sugar to your grandchildren then dropping them off with mom and dad, skinny dipping, rodeos, ribbons, good food, grass between your toes, singing at the top of your lungs, etc.
Then sprinkle some of the best of the best into your work. She suggested it added a deeper dimension to the story and made it more relatable.
Now your question
What is one of your most favorite things to do?