Friday, October 22, 2010

STRICTLY NAUGHTY

By: Angelica Hart and Zi

We have had opportunity to talk to many people that have an interest in writing. One of the themes that runs as if a stream of consciousness is writer's block. With empathy we listen to wannabe authors describe something tougher than a $2.00 flank steak. That blank white field before you taunting and teasing, "Fill me...fill me...with profound and purposeful rhetoric."

Ouch that does hurt. That screen needs a time-out. Bingo... that is what you need to do. Take the time to figure out what you want to say. There is a study out there, it might have been done by someone from Penn. This person polled famous and accomplished authors and asked what was the most important thing. The preponderance of responses were similar. To distill that...have something to say. That is right. Have something to say. There are plenty of people that craft well, many superiorly but if what they create is shallow or without an audience...then to what end? Pretty prose without purpose is like having cheese cake without sugar, just doesn't sit as well on the palette.

We once met a woman who wanted to write romance. Asked her to send us samples. She wrote erotica. We suggested she add romance, pointing out places where she could punch it up. She returned the piece and had written better and more erotica. She did have something to say. It was not romance. We recommended that she pursue that audience. She did. She's happy writing strictly naughty.

In our stories always know what we wanted to say. And sometimes it is as simple as love can be found anywhere, anytime by anyone if you look for it.

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Angelica Hart and Zi
KILLER DOLLS
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CHASING YESTERDAY
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2 comments:

Linda Kage said...

I think my biggest obsticle of overcoming writer's block is fear. I'm usually afraid of writing someting awful.

Then one day it finally struck me, who cares if it's awful? That magical delete button is there for a reason. I AM allowed to push it.

Besdies, writing it what stirs the muse and gets the creative juices flowing. So even if I'm typing in a bunch of crud at first, my muse is waking up and soon better stuff starts flying off my fingers onto the keyboard. And then bingo, no more writer's block.

Big Mike said...

I agree A&Z, there must be a theme, a purpose, a reason, a premise to your storyline. I do it with every story and that theme, or a sub element materializes in either the title or the tag line. Here are some examples and you try to figure out the theme/premise:

Blind Consent, “The answers are buried in the secrets of the past.”
Tainted Hero, “Sometimes good people do bad things.”
Veil of Deception, “Sometimes truth cuts deeper than a lie.”
Shadow of Guilt, “To each crossing of paths, there is a purpose.”
The Treasure, “A lonely heart can impair one’s judgment.”
Rimfire, "Some things are better left unknown."
Essence, “How far would you go?”