I am in fact still on track with this challenge, but I have been hand-writing my exercises the last couple days. Transferring to the internet as I go!
30 Day Writing Challenge
Day 3 – What Do You Want to Write?
The Exercise: Make a 1-2 page list of messages, influences, and goals as a writer to help bring writing intentions to light. Let the exercise help specify and define your process!
I want the descriptions (their imagery, and their word choice) to always be an under-lying current to the mood of the scene. I encountered this early on with Stephen King. Dialogue has always been easy, but descriptions have been tricky.
I don’t want to convey the message of women being better than men, or men being weaker than women. I want characters that define one another, regardless of who or what they are.
Adventure, something to keep kids and young adults reading. There is an awesome momentum that has been building for years, and I want to be a part of that inspiration.
Writing poetry is like wrestling a beautiful bear in the forest; the creature totally inspires awe and some measure of swooning, but it can rip you apart if you don’t wrangle right!
I want people to recognize themselves in characters; how they handled the best and the worst parts of life. “Oh, man, I remember when I went through that, I thought only I felt that way…” If readers open one of my books or see a film I wrote lonely, I would want my content to make them feel less alone.
Dialogue, dialogue, dialogue! As much of it as possible! Not just always having the right thing to say, but the most human thing to say. Unless… it’s an alien or something. That’s a whole different can of WTF.
I believe in food, equality, fucking up, retribution, love (so much love), comedy, being rendered to tears, sighing with relief, going on all cylinders, forgiving but not forgetting, music, exploring the unknown, asking as many questions as possible, laughing with no end in sight, that there is victory in finally being able to touch your toes, and I believe in my readers.
I love the idea that something can pop into my head, and it just lives there until I finally start writing. Sometimes it is just a character, and sometimes it is a theory or a concept, or some sort of abstract imagining of history or the future. There is no consistent through-line with these ideas, except that I always want to explore the character more than anything else. The environment reflects the character study.
The influences are numerous, because I am easily influenced by a lot of what I read in books, and hear in the dialogue of films. I try to always keep my influences unending, a pounding waterfall of inspiration and mentorship.