4 Steps To Discovering Your Audacity

Do you want to discover your audacity writing?

Readers are less interested in what you do and more interested in what they get when they buy your product or service.

As writers, we battle inner turmoil every day caused by doubt, and we create work with no guarantees it will be accepted.

In fact, there will be those who dislike it and harshly criticize it.

You are a writer regardless of whether anyone buys your work or not.

You know it – you’ve got great potentials.

What matters is your work, not whether it was purchased.

You simply need the means to put your words on paper.

What does it mean to be an audacious writer?

Being audacious is about taking risks, going against conventions and the status quo.

We spend time engaging stuff no one fully understands and less appreciates.

We know our life – WE LIVE IT!

In a hundred years, whether you sell all of your work or only one piece, or none, all that will matter is that your words are still here.

Others writers are brave enough to create anyway, why do you feel like you have noting to say?

Your words are powerful. You have an amazing voice.

Your words live on; come on, bring it on.

Writer, re-write.

Writing is something you don’t need recognition and approval.

You may want it, but, you don’t need it.

Steps To Discovering Your Audacity

Prepare

We’ve all heard about brainstorming, and we’ve likely all used it, typically when writing essays and reports in school.

Typically, you likely had a teacher who showed you how to write down the central idea and then create balloons as offshoots to brainstorm ideas for flushing out, illustrating, or refuting the central idea.

It may also spark creativity if you incorporate color and use curved or artistic lines from the primary balloon to the offshoots.

This sort of mind mapping exercise (you can find lots of images online) may feel cliché, but, in fact, it remains effective.

Brainstorm occurs when massive amounts of stimulation (you providing input) produce a tightly woven web of neurons that can be ignited to make writing go well.

One way to create a brainstorm and fire up your writing brain as you get ready to write is to sit down with pen and paper and start generating as many ideas as you think of related to the story you want to tell.

Organize

Focus your mind and your brain on what you’re going to write and about—and why you are eager to make a massive brain investment in completing the work.

Do you know why you need to do that?

When you make clear your intentions, your brain is ripe for the sort of brainstorming that results in plot, characters, theme, structure, setting, and whatever else you need to contemplate to get this story on paper.

However, there are a number of software programs you could use to facilitate this process (and plenty of writers like them), but there’s scientific evidence that the old-fashioned way—writing with pen and paper—taps into slow thinking, which is beneficial at this stage.

Write

Write down the inciting thought and then branch off from there, jotting down any ideas that arise.

Don’t try to overthink; let the thoughts flow, and write down anything that pops in.

Start by seeing the big picture.

What is the story about? What happens?

What does it prove, or at least illustrate?

Why is telling it important? What’s unique about your angle?

Once you have clarified your premise, brainstorm related ideas, extensions, and contradictions.\

This comes in…

What is the primary message you want to convey in writing this particular story?

Will it be a comedy or a tragedy? Will it be a young adult novel or a high concept thriller? Will it take place in contemporary times or be historical?

Will it be told in first person or third person, subjective, with multiple points-of-view, or only one?

No need to narrow it down, but do think about it as your brain may serve up a lovely surprise when you do.

Edit

So you are done writing?

If you want people to actually read what you’ve written, you must master the art of ferociously self-editing your book.

These days, anyone can get anything printed.

It doesn’t even have to be good. If you have the money, you can find someone who will print whatever you submit, as is.

That’s not necessarily underhanded. Almost any independent publisher would be happy to offer all the services you’re willing to pay for to make your manuscript as publishable as possible.

But you’re the boss. You can develop  thick skin.

It’s not easy. But we writers need to listen to our editors—even if that means listening to ourselves!

Get on with it.
When you’re tempted to show off your vocabulary or a fancy turn of phrase, think reader-first and keep your content king. Don’t intrude. Get out of the way of your message.

Omit needless words.
 

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