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Writing – My 7 Steps to Success
Pennsylvania author, Lynda McKinney Lambert
Shares her 7 steps to success.
Do you want to write a memoir, essay, or short story?
Maybe you even have a NOVEL waiting there inside your head?
What literary adventure is on your mind?
Step 1: BRAINSTORM . .
Brainstorm for ideas before you begin writing.
This is not just vaguely thinking about something, it is about taking concrete steps towards your writing goal.
When you begin with Brainstorming, you will be
Write down some things that are meaningful to you. This is your essay and you want to express what is on your mind via the writing project.
You can begin with only one word that comes into your consciousness.
How will you BRAINSTORM for your central theme?
This can be done several ways. It can be complex;
it can be quite simple.
One good approach is to make a list quickly. Use your intuition and begin writing. Don’t even stop to think about what you are writing. Just let those fingers fly and make your list.
Once you complete this quick list, you can sit back and look over your list; read it through several times until something really pops out for you. There are a number of things on your list that will later become a story, poem, or essay. But for now, you will just choose one item from your list. This selected item will be your “central theme” for your work.
SELECT your TOPIC
and Write One Paragraph
To SELECT YOUR TOPIC. choose one idea from your Brainstorming List and write one paragraph. Use that word or idea and write a very short paragraph with it.
After you have written one paragraph, put it aside.
Use your TOPIC
and Write 3 more Paragraphs
On a new sheet of paper, write another first paragraph.
Develop a number of ideas as possibilities to pursue.
You will make THREE MORE “first paragraphs” and each of your “first paragraphs” will be on a separate piece of paper. You have now created some “possibilities” to pursue.
Select just one of those “first paragraphs” for your new piece of writing.
Some writers like to do this step as a “Cluster Chart.” I would say this would be the person who has vision since it is a visual chart that you would make. If you can do that, it will work very well for you.
This kind of exploration begins by putting your one idea into a circle in the center of the page.
Then, begin working out from that central idea, putting down a paragraph, sentence, or thought into another circle that is connected to your first one.
When I had vision, this is how I would do it. Now, I do it by making the list I have outlined above. It works just the same and I can do it on the computer.
If doing the “cluster chart”then I would take each cluster, and write one paragraph for each of them on a separate sheet of paper. This will give you a variety of possibilities from which to begin.
Adopt a “Persona”
Think about “who” will tell the story.
Who is telling this story? Why is it this person? What will you do by choosing to write in this person’s voice? Consider all your options here, and be sure you understand exactly what you will carry out by using this particular persona.
Think about the “mood” you want to create –
How will you capture it?
It can be helpful to read over some ways that other authors have used to create a mood in their work. Take a look at several pieces of work that will be similar to what you want to create. As you read, you will become aware of the mood. Look for ways that you can feel that mood as you read the work. This can really help you in figuring out how you will do it in your own writing. Mood can be created by giving characters a voice, writing good descriptions of a place or a room; by using symbols that create images for the reader, by descriptions of weather, lighting, music, art works, smells, sounds, tactile elements, etc.
Write a THESIS STATEMENT
into the first paragraph of your essay.
Write out THREE GOALS
or MAIN POINTS you wish
to convey in your essay.
This is your road map.
Three goal statements will give you a clear idea of where you want to go with this writing project.
This step will keep both you and your writing focused. If you can clearly identify your three goals before you write, it will help get you to your destination.
I’d love to hear where your literary adventure takes you!
Be sure to contact me. I am cheering you on!
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