". . . a short story is like a quick kiss in the dark from a stranger.”
Having trouble writing a scene? "Stop thinking about the scene and start seeing it." Says K.M. Weiland in her podcast, Helping Writers Become Authors.
This episode struck home for me because I am a visual reader in that I need to see the scene play out in my head. So it only makes sense that I'm a visual writer. Yet how often do we forget to add color, and smell, and texture to a scene....the very details that bring it to life.
She goes on to say, "It has been my observation that the reason many writers get hung up on the outlining process is because they’re too focused on the words. They’re creating a list of scenes that is nothing but words (e.g., Larry went to town; Maya broke her leg). When they stop thinking of the outline as a scene list and instead start using it as a brainstorming exercise in which they vividly envision their scenes, everything changes."
You can listen to the podcast or read the full article at the link below.
Don't Write Scenes - Write Images, K.M. Weiland, Helping Writers Become Authors Podcast
Love, love , love this mini interview with bestselling author Joe Hill where he talks about writing a loose first draft long hand, how he learned best by close reading, marking up the pages as he went. And how one time when he was struggling he typed 2 pages a day of Elmore Leonard's work, and was able to find his way back to his own voice.
This podcast is no longer running but you can still listen to the archives.
Podcast: The Ten Minute Writer's Workshop: Joe Hill