I have to return the September 2011 issue of Writer's Digest to the library on Wednesday, but before I do, I wanted to share a couple tidbits of writing wisdom I found within its pages.
In the article, "Ways to Harness Fear and Fuel Your Writing" by Sage Cohen, she advises, "Do What Scares You Because It Scares You." What do you fear most in your writing life? Take a moment to evaluate if it truly is likely to do you serious harm. If the answer is no, then I invite you to make a point of doing this very thing - as much as you can - until you exhaust fear's charge around it.
Her own personal fear was public speaking which she has conquered by doing it as often as possible!
The second tidbit comes from "10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes" by Jordan E. Rosenfeld. It offers this checklist for making the most from each scene.
Does your scene
1) Have a beginning, middle, and an end?
2) Launch vividly and engage the reader?
3) Have a rich subtext, complete with texture, themes and imagery?
4) Include complications that up the ante for the main characters?
5) Leave the reader hungry for more upon its ending?
6) End in a logical way that leaves room for the next scene to launch?