Start writing again. Whether it's fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a screenplay, we encourage listeners to pick up those works in progress and start again.
Writing Again podcast focuses on works already started and hidden away in desk drawers or thumb drives. Let's pull those works-in-progress out and discover the gems, toss the guilt of throwing away bad work, and learn from our experience to become better writers. There's a creative soul inside you. Regardless of how long it's been, it's time to let that creative out again.
Weightlifting, Work, and Writing
Notice the Oxford comma in the title? That's important, otherwise you might think that I'm going to talk about writing about weightlifting. Which I sorta do.
McGuffins and Chekov's Gun
Do you know what Chekov's gun is? A McGuffin? Those are fun tools and techniques to build into your story that keep it from being flat and boring.
Writing with a Bum Ankle
When I'm out walking, I discover that the power of RICE for a bad ankle works for writing and rewriting my story.But my ankle still hurts.
Rabbit Holes, Info Dumps, and Talking to Bob
The Dangers of Rabbit Holes, Info Dumps, and Talking to BobTwo months ago, I had an idea for a podcast. To encourage people who used to write, who had a novel or a story or script to pick them back up. I’m that person. I’m going back to old National Novel Writing Month projects from over a decade or more. I’m starting again.For example, I started a novel in 2009. A key location in the novel was at that time, an old abandoned shopping mall that was being torn down. Ten years later, that site is now the largest grocery store in the county. I had to rewrite to make this location work in my head for the revisions.Revisions are fun. At least, I think so. I enjoy the whole B not A or what about Plan M? redirection of the story. But they do take me down the rabbit holes of research.Today on Writing Again Podcast, I’ll tell you about my writing in the past two months, and why it happened, and what I might try to do to stop it from happening again.IntroDid you start writing a book, a story, or a script long ago and put it away? Is it time for you to pull it out again and start writing again?My name is Kim Krajci. I’ve been a story writer as long as I can remember. This year, I want to take it to the next level. I want to publish a book! Join me as we take a look at writing again.The Rabbit Hole of ResearchIn January, I was challenged to write down 3 goals for the year. By the end of March, I’d already achieved two of them. But the third… publishing a book on Kindle… was not something I knew much about. I had to do some research.And then… I was down the rabbit hole. Do you know how much is out there about publishing on Kindle?Wow. I didn’t expect that at all. And the contradictions! I ended up spending weeks reading about publishing on Kindle!I don’t want to talk about Kindle publishing today. I want to talk about how to control the dive into research. Here’s my problem. I enjoy reading the details. I’ll start with Wikipedia (yes, I know, it’s not a legit source, I shouldn’t rely on it. I teach debate. I know the rules about wiki. But it’s an ideal spot to get the keywords to research. The links at the bottom of the wiki page have led me on a merry chase!) How do we avoid spending too much time in a rabbit hole? Especially for a novel, I think rabbit holes are fascinating. I’m very likely to find something that will make an impact on my story. So how can I control it?I think there are two variables that I use.* I control the time.
Get Started Writing Again
Do you have a book that you’ve started and never finished? Write something during National Novel Writing Month? Work on a fanfiction story from your favorite TV show?Did you complete your rough draft and hide it away?It’s time to let the sun shine on those projects again!Welcome to Writing Again Podcast, where we let the sun shine on our old works in progress, discover lost gems, and find the creator inside us as we re-engage with the passion we once had. It’s time to get passionate again. My name is Kim Krajci. I’m a writer. I’ve been writing professionally for seven years. But when I was challenged at the beginning of the year to write down my goals for the year, the first thing I wrote down was “publish a book on Kindle.”But which one? And how?Maybe you face those questions too. Many of us do. We’ve spent hours at a keyboard or with a notebook, putting down our words… only to let them remain on our hard drives and never take them out again.Look, Emily Dickinson wrote thousands of poems that were never printed in her lifetime. At least, that’s the story I always heard. I think it’s sad that she never shared this creative part of her life while she was alive. Let’s let our creative self out again. Maybe that novel that you put away isn’t worth finishing. But at one point in your life, you were compelled to write that story. You wanted to write then. Let’s get back in touch with that desire, even if what we wrote wasn’t very good. We have time to learn to do better. What we need may be the motivation to begin writing again. It’s time to take it out and examine it. Find that passion again and whether or not that work is good, salvageable, or simply an exercise that you learned from, let’s get started again together.Writing PromptsI’ve joined a new community called AutoCrit. The link is in the show notes. The challenge this month is to write a short story, three to five thousand words long. There’s a prize! I like prizes. Who doesn’t like prizes? Next time, I’m taking a look at Kindle Vella – a platform for serialized stories. Do I have a work in progress – a WIP - that might suit that platform? Maybe. Maybe you do too! If you want to discover the creator inside you again, you can subscribe to this podcast on the platform of your choice. Links to many are on the website WritingAgain.life (http://writingagain.life). See you next time on WritingAgain.Life Podcast.Double Drift Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Kim is an engaging storyteller. I listened to her on Toastmasters 101 and I’m happy to join her here on Writing Again. I’m not a writer, yet the content that is shared is sincere and informative and very much worth following.