What does it mean for writers to ‘practice’? What, exactly, is it that we’re practicing?
Another really great piece, Suw. And, as ever, wisdom for more than just writing!
Yes, thank you very much, Suw, for reminding us about the training factor!
(“Just write away” is imho one of the most cynical and stupid pieces of advice for struggling writers.)
May I add another practice area? REMEMBER. Practicing a detailed memory helps immensely in creating fictional characters, scenes, dialogues and sensory details. I use my memory all the time, most of my novel characters are a mash-up of real people, plot twists are tweaked memories of past events. And my genre is not memoir, but historical fiction.
I often say to my friends that the words we write sometimes writes themselves, or have had a connection to our lost pieces from our drafts-- And many rituals we had performed along the way. We don't just connect the dots in our writing perfectly because of special talents; for me it is through reading the works of others both online and books that had helped me shape my writing. Sharing our thoughts, respecting each other and lifting each other up as we seek the raise luminescent possibilities of the human experience.
Really great advice!
Loved this! I also love morning pages and swear by them. Your suggestions and advice are great reminders of what we ought to do as writers so the writing well does not run dry. Thank you for these wonderful points. The writer footballer analogy worked well!