The Writer's Angst...

Songbird BStarred Page By Songbird B, 18th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I was a mere Virgin...a short story virgin writer that is...and now that I have laid my first attempt at story writing to rest, I reflect back on the experience, and what it has taught me....

The Writer's Angst....A Personal Perspective...

The Writer sat there, alone in the dark, only the light from the small desk lamp illuminating her keyboard, casting deep shadows over walls and ceiling, as if imaginary beasts,...were lurking about to creep up and devour her unsuspecting form, as she sat hunched, concentrating silently on her computer screen....
A movement out of the corner of her eye, sends her thoughts scattering in a million directions, as if tiny razor-sharp shards of glass, shattering and spread across the shadow filled carpet....She turns, feeling ice cold fear build up and lodge heavily in her breast, and opens her mouth to utter a solitary cry..her eyes wide, in the dim

And that is exactly how it can be in writing...Building up tension, creating pictures with mere words, letting the story come to life inside the readers mind, capturing them as each line unfolds and reveals its twisting plot...
Well, that is how it was for me, when writing my very first on-line story of a complicated Love Triangle, featuring Ian, Daniel and Ella, in my published 'End Of The Line...' fictional story.
I have to admit, I take my hat off to writers, after doing this, and I think that I have learned quite a lot on my travels...

1) Never make it too Long, or too Complex...You may lose the reader through lack of interest..Hence, I kept my story down to Six chapters only, and there was a chapter dedicated to each individual character, to introduce them to the reader..
2) Keep Aware of Ages, Surnames, Dates and Time-lines...(Towards the end, poor Ella almost ended up with the wrong surname!)
3) PROOF READ OFTEN!! You can never do this enough. Silly errors and grammatical content can so easily be overlooked, as the brain has a tendency to supply the correct or missing word even when it is not there...
4) Build Character within your subjects..Make them interesting, and most of all, likeable...or not, as in Ian's case
5) Have a Beginning, Middle and End...Each part is just as important as the next to make it a whole. A weakness in any part will stand out and disrupt the flow of the story.
6) Enjoy it! This is your 'baby', your creative output...You gave birth to it, and watched it grow...Be proud of what you have done, even if you think that it could be improved upon. We learn better through our mistakes, and seldom repeat them...

For what it is worth, these are some of the lessons that I took on board, maybe they might help guide you too...

The Spark Of Inspiration...

When the spark of inspiration struck, and I 'penned' the very first chapter of Daniel and Ella, I left it very open, and asked the readers to let me know if it caught their imagination enough, and if they wanted me to continue with it....I was just dipping my metaphorical toe in the water as it were, and I wanted to know if others would respond and connectto it...Luckily for me, my wonderful regular followers took it very much to their hearts, and have followed it faithfully through to its conclusion, and from the great feedback I have received, it seems to have made an enjoyable, tension-filled read...What more could a first time 'Writer' ask for?
For me, personally, this was an eye opening experience...and an enjoyable one.
My three main characters became very real to me..They developed personalities, characteristics of their own, which helped 'colour' their individuality... I grew to care about how they reacted to each other, the emotional ups and downs, fears and joys, trials and tribulations...

Was Ian such a bad character at the end? He was possessive, and he was use to getting what he wanted...hence why he pursued Ella, the way he did, even though she wasn't his 'type'. Was it just pride that made him hold onto her, or did he really love Ella and not want to lose her, but it took her walking away for him to realise it?
Through all his unacceptable and selfish behaviour, he still tried to save her from harm...a final act of devoted love, perhaps?

Daniel, a divorcee with a past that had made him wary and bitter, until he met Ella Williams through Facebook, over the internet, where her constant support helped mellow his attitude, and he fell in love with her, yet almost lost her when she faced an emotional crisis after the crash.

And finally, Ella, confused, hurt, damaged by a bad marriage, longing to walk away and start again, yet held back because of her ties to a husband that she no longer felt the same for. The emotional anguish and guilt that she went through after losing Ian, made her isolate herself, kept her away from being with the man she wanted, as a form of self-punishment. It was only Daniel's persistence and patience that kept the relationship alive....Each character fought for something that they believed in and didn't want to lose.. And that is so true as in life...
I don't know if I will ever be classed as a fiction writer, but as I see more and more people on Wikinut writing stories, I would like to think that every now and then, I can submit a new fictional article, and it will receive the same enthusiastic response that 'End Of The Line...' has. Thank you my Friends, for supporting and keeping me company on my writing journey...I could not have done it without your encouragement. Thank You One and All

'The End Of The Line...' A Poetic Review....

You watched my characters come to life,
my keyboard gave them flesh...
You got to share their every thought,
a kiss or a caress...
Their hearts I had exposed to you,
their strengths and weakness too...
As Chapters I had brought to life,
for my Followers to view.

Daniel, Ian, and Ella...
A triangle caught on screen...
A tangled, broken-hearted tale..
How real life might have been...
You followed their varied Ups and Downs,
And I'm so grateful for your time...
My story concludes, I hope you enjoyed..
Songbird B's 'End Of The Line...'

Related links by Songbird B to this article:
'End Of The Line...' Chapters 1~6 (Please see all chapter links at end of first page)
The Virgin Writer...A Poem

Related Links from other Wikinut members:
Ppruel...A really great series of articles on 'Cracking the Short Stories'
Bethany Dean...Beginnings..Middles...and Ends.
Jesse Knopp How To Write A Story

Why not join me on Wikinut and get paid to write.

Photo Credits;
Salvatore Vuono


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author avatar Songbird B
Hi there! I am Songbird B, and I am a semi-pro female Jazz vocalist. I have a huge passion for Jazz music, and I love writing Poetry, which I have done all my life. I am very Spiritual in my beliefs, and love Photography, Music and Garden Design....I...(more)

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author avatar Songbird B
24th Jun 2011 (#)

Ah thanks Mark! It is pouring down with rain here...Hope you get your mowing done Thanks for moderating my page for me \0/x

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author avatar thefunkycrone
24th Jun 2011 (#)

Yes, I can identify with the angst, the uncertainty, all the emotions you describe and I have been writing fiction for years!" Very well expressed.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
24th Jun 2011 (#)

A star page richly deserved! Songbird, I think you were born to write stories, poems and music, or you just fell out of bed one day with all that talent magically in place. You are amazing, my friend.

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author avatar Pink&Blue
24th Jun 2011 (#)

Just beautiful songbird I am a virgin myself...(smile) and these are some great tips i especially like # 6 as I find myself being very critical of my own work at times...

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Jun 2011 (#)

Songbird a wonderful guide for any writer, you do it all with style, and made it look effortless. I am sure there is a book in the future and can not wait to see it published, I have so enjoyed your work, well done and I will always being reading where ever your journey takes you, thanks :0)

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author avatar jak2010
24th Jun 2011 (#)

They say it, it is so true, you learn fromt he master. Thanks for the guide.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Songbird, I have to say you hit the nail on the head with this one. I have two books I am working on and 3 Bugg children books. When it comes to writing about my life, I am not going to say it is easy because, it is not, it is just familiar. Writing about others, you have made up in your head, is a whole different story though. Great job my friend. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Oops, I missed something...
Congrats on the star page hon, I can tell how much work you have put into it, your star is well deserved.:)

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Thank you for taking me on this writing journey with you. There is so much more to writing a fictional story than I ever imagined and these are great tips for any of us who may want to try our hand at fiction. Loved the poem, too! Congrats on a very well deserved Star page, my friend. :-)

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author avatar Minakshi
25th Jun 2011 (#)

simply outstanding my friend...:)

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Wonderful tips :) I really enjoyed each part of it, I should improvise my story writing now :)

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author avatar Retired
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Yes, there's more to story-writing than just writing stories. But isn't it great when someone gets what you've written and says so! Makes the angst worth while. Make us enjoy ourselves again Songbird. Sing.

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author avatar Songbird B
25th Jun 2011 (#)

So many great comments!! You all overwhelm me with your great feedback...Thank you from my heart. I don't know if I am a good enough writer to really offer advice, as I can only go from my own experience here, but if any guidelines or tips help, then you have truly vindicated my writing this tie-in article to my first short story. Bless you all for your great comments \0/x

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author avatar Buzz
25th Jun 2011 (#)

Wow, you inspire me, Songbird! I love your mother tongue, exquisite English. Great share.

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author avatar richardpeeej
26th Jun 2011 (#)

I am so glad that you decided to try this new venture of short story writing Bev. I loved reading your story and the characters that you depict are brought very much to life with your colourful descriptions. A well deserved star page for your work. I loved the poem at the end too, very apt my friend...

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author avatar Maria Malone
26th Jun 2011 (#)

Wonderful share so worthy of a star page, congrats!

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author avatar Retired
28th Jun 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing your journey--Very nice read. Bravo for your star!

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author avatar Val Mills
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

Thanks Songbird. I'm about to start a story for a local competition and will read this again before I start.

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