Most writers struggle with this and it interferes with their creativity and the ability to get their manuscript completed. Yes I am talking about that dreaded word, Procrastination.
According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: “Procrastination refers to the act of replacing high-priority actions with tasks of lower priority, or doing something from which one derives enjoyment, and thus putting off important tasks to a later time according to Psychologist.”
Procrastination can prevent you from accomplishing great things in your writing process, possibly even success. Writing is a process that takes dedication and set goals. A writer might start a project or manuscript and lay it down due to procrastination. They may think it is writers block and perhaps it could be. Could it feasibly be that they are dreading the outcome of the story the way it is going. You might decide to lay the story down and hope it takes a swift turn in another direction. It won’t happen unless you make it, by rewriting it yourself. Words don’t just magically appear on paper. They are formed first in the brain and transcribed by your hand onto paper. I use this concept perhaps because I am a nurse and I tend to use biological principles in my writing.
Procrastinating about something is not because of laziness. It could be from fear, anxiety about the outcome, lack of self control, impulse, etc… There are too many to name. The answer is to find a way around procrastinating.
1. Set simple goals- Tell yourself that you are going to write 1000 words a day or 2 chapters a day, etc… If you have self control issues, it is good to set goals to help you overcome this.
2. Relax and quit worrying about the outcome. you can always edit your manuscript when you are finished.
3. Stay focused. Quit thinking about things that need to be done. When you set down to write, your focus needs to be on writing not on things like bills.
4. Think about the prize. What reward is there when you finish your writing? Not only will you have a completed manuscript but you’ll have gratification in your completed work.
There are different points of view in stories. What is a point of view? A point of view is the way a story is told by the narrative voice or the viewpoint. Whether a short story, children’s story or any genre, a point of view can change a story drastically. When an author begins their story, they have to decide how they will convey their story best by the point of view they use. Point of view is defined by the pronouns that are used. It is important to continue the story in the same point of view. If an author starts using a certain point of you, then shifts to a different point of view, it makes it harder to read and more confusing.
First person point of view is when the author uses the words, “I or me” to tell the story. First person is used when the author acts as a narrator.
Second person is when the author uses, “you or your” to tell the story. This is the one that is used the least amount of time. Rarely does the author talk directly to the reader.
Third person is when the author uses, “he, she, it and they” to tell the story. Often they use the characters names when writing the story.
Now lets look at how Point of view can change a story. A story written in first person looks like a memoir or personal biography and that might not be the case. Second person point of view is used to personally address the reader. Third person point of view is used more in novels and fiction writing and brings the characters perspective into view. It tells us what they might be thinking and why they are acting the way they are.
If an author is writing a nonfiction book and uses the first person to tell the story and they are not an expert of the subject, the story might not reach the reader. If the author changes the point of view to third person and use quotes from an expert, the story becomes more valid to the reader, and it might hold more klout.
There are basically six different elements in Literature that make up a story. The plot, theme, setting, characterization, conflict and mood. Each person can analyze the elements in a different way. A teacher summarizing a story to her classroom could identify the story elements as:
2. setting (person, place, time)
3. plot (ideas and events of story)
4. problem (conflict)
5. solution (resolution)
Another teacher might separate the character by using his character traits or actions. Or she could define the action words to describe the character and what he does. Examples are:
a. dependable (Tom never missed a day at work even if he was sick.)
b. credible (The witness spoke the truth which persuaded the jurors.)
c. ethical (She held her business to a higher standard.)
d. loyal (Devoted to his friend, he stood behind him.)
e. caring (He loved his friend like a brother.)
f. intelligent (He brilliantly answered the question.)
g. comforting (Jonas hugged the little girl because her dog was killed.)
h. patient (He waited patiently for the doctor to arrive.)
I. caring (He cared for his sick animal.)
j. self absorbed (He smugly looked at the others and said, ” I don’t care what you think.”)
Another might describe the elements of literature by defining the text by asking questions about the story, looking at how the story (text) is written or looking at the organization of the story… what order of events take place. How is the plot written? Some authors write in a set order while others rearrange the story from ending to beginning and vise-versa. No way is incorrect, just the way the writer chooses to write the story.
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