Routines are good. I’m back on mine, thanks to my spiffy little recycled paper notebook. I’ve been receiving crits back and critiquing for other writers this week, and I think I’ve hit another realization/glimpse into my own writing. Setting has always been a character for me, and in these two stories I was focusing on voice and other things that I didn’t give setting the attention it needed for the story. In one, I had a thought in my mind that it was “just a valley” so of course it came across that way in my writing. In the other, I had a lot of learning to do about a very specific environment. The information hasn’t been easy to find (I really need a library afternoon), and that also has come across in the story. But in both of those stories, are unique voices, or a unique situation. It’s not enough to carry it right now, not for submitting, but I’m working on it.
Some days I feel like I need a checklist for making sure I don’t forget something a story requires.
Truthfully, I’m making strides. I’ll get there. And whle I’m striding along, here’s a little something for you: Routines for Writers