With VE Day, at the beginning of May, and Memorial Day at the end of May, red, white, and blue are the colors of May. They can guide you in your writing as well.
Read… What have you read recently? If you’re trying to write, it’s wise to read. In the words of Stephen King: “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Read within your genre to discover what makes it tick. Read the classics to discover what creates staying power. Read widely and read often. You may write historical fiction, but scifi could still teach you an interesting lesson about effective dialogue. Or, you might write spy thrillers, but reading a romance could help you learn about the nuances of nonverbal communication.
Write… Write, even if it’s a paragraph. Once you write something, the rest will follow. In the words of Chinese philosophy, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. The more that you write, the easier the words will flow.
Blue… True Blue. How does this apply? Write something that is true. Am I suggesting that you only write nonfiction? Of course not. But, research and writing wisdom have shown that if you can insert truth into your writing, the reader will be able to connect better. In the words of Ernest Hemingway: “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
If you keep things too general or vague, it is more difficult to establish a connection. If, however, you become more specific, your readers will have something to hold onto. Yes, they probably never fought in battle in WWII or painted a Renaissance portrait, but they might very well know the smell of wood smoke on a winter’s day or the crunch of leaves when walking through the forest. And, of course, if you also write historical fiction like I do, your writing will demand much research and truth.
Happy Writing, as you employ the strategy of a Read, Write, and Blue month!
Have a wonderful May!
My best to you all,