Thursday, September 24, 2009
Penning Beyond the Ninjas
All writers face beasts that sap word power. We find them disguised in a variety of costumes. Often we have to discover how to conquer them in ways beyond disciplining ourselves to write.
Beginning as well as experienced writers can discipline all day to sit in the seat and write. Yet, they might not have the insights and writing security or understanding of how to push the texts beyond what exists in their own points of view.
How do we develop techniques to gain fresh perspections (perception plus perspective)? The F words - fear, failure, frustration - will always loom and attack like Ninjas. The E words - ego, excuses, and energy level - lurk in shadows and dreams. We need to stoke writing energy by using the positive E’s: eyes, ears and enthusiasm to reach beyond Ego’s involvement in the story. This requires more than revision or re-vision. It involves another R word – Risk.
How do we create our own warriors-with-a-pen and write past the Ninja swords?
Colored marker pens will assist during the revision process. Use green to highlight active nouns and verbs. Use red for “be” verb repetitions: is, am, was, were. Take blue for the action in the story or poem. Highlight all that flows. Use yellow to reveal areas where you tell the reader too much or use abstractions like love, death, fear, or rage.
Creative Write: Keep your pen moving beyond the battles. Take the risks needed to make your pen the conqueror.