Unlock the Muse – January 24, 2018

Here we are, nearing the end of January. Are you making progress on your writing goals? I’m still struggling to get back into a writing routine, but I have a plan. Starting with these weekly exercises.

Your writing exercise for this week is:

Wear something you haven’t put on in ages. Reflect on why what we wear affects our mood. Do you feel most comfortable in a certain color, a certain type of clothing? Perhaps this is an article that might interest a fashion magazine.

Not interested in writing for fashion mags? Maybe your character is a fashion writer. What does she feel the most comfortable in? What color does he prefer to wear? If you can’t, or don’t want to write about your own wardrobe, write about your characters’ instead.

Chapter two of Walter Mosley’s book, This Year You Write Your Novel, is the longest one. Here he discusses the various elements of fiction writing. First up, he talks about narrative voice. Entire books have been written on narrative voice and the pros and cons of each style. I won’t belabor the point here.

I think every story has a particular voice we as writers are instinctively drawn to. Some stories need to be written in the first person perspective. For others, we need the flexibility afforded by third person. There is no right or wrong answer. The key is to choose the right voice for the story you’re trying to tell. When you sit down to write your novel, choose the voice you feel most compelled by. If you end up stuck somewhere along the way, try switching to another voice. Even if it doesn’t change your entire story, it might help shake something loose, and keep the story moving forward.

For this segment this week, here’s an inspirational quote:


Happy writing!

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