When learning to write, having good examples of complex characters to study can be helpful. If you write children’s literature like me, you might get frustrated when all the examples in your workbooks and advice articles skew toward adult stories and themes.
Thankfully, there are plenty of well-written characters in kid’s media. Today, I’m highlighting some of my favorite TV characters when talking about character development in children’s storytelling.
When it comes to writing, the only limitation is our imagination. As long as we’re dreaming big and writing from the heart, nothing can stop us. At least, in theory. As it turns out, no-holds-barred writing is terrifying. Without rules, how are we supposed to know if our stories are any good?
By surrounding ourselves with research, mentors, books, and a community of peers, storytelling patterns and writerly behaviors become easier to understand. But, just as the similarities lend comfort, comparison can make us feel bad for not working, or thinking, or scheduling the same as “everybody else”. Today, I’m coming clean and confessing a few of the things I don’t do even though I’m a writer.
To blog, or not to blog? It’s not just a question, it’s a constant debate within the writing community. Is blogging a useful way to build a platform, or a waste of valuable writing time? A relevant resource, or just another soap box? A genuine way to connect with readers, or a lost glimmer in the galaxy of content?
There’s no easy answer. While it’s true, blogging isn’t the trendiest or most-accessible platform, it’s one that makes a lot of sense for writers. And while it does take time and creative energy away from your newest manuscript, the modern writing career is more than first drafts and bookstore appearances.
What we miss in all this debate is the chance to discuss is how blogging can benefit writers outside of stats and marketing potential. While blogging may not be your fast track to viral fame and bestseller status, there are other things that make the experience worthwhile.
I saw a lot of conversation against blogging around the time I started mine. Podcasts and vlogs were beginning to overthrow the humble blog in terms of activity and general interest. Blogging was to be considered passé. Despite this resounding death knell, I got up my nerve, collected the smattering of harebrained plans, pipedreams, and vague inspiration from my notebooks, and signed up for a WordPress account without any real plan on how I’d use it.
Call me contrary, but I’ve found blogging to be hugely rewarding. Today, I thought I’d share some pros of venturing into the blogosphere, based on my experience.
Whether you’re new to the blog scene, looking to revitalize an old one, or simply need some inspiration to keep it up, I hope this post encourages your inner blogger.