August 2, 2012 Roxana Arama wrote this essay after an intense discussion about Timed Writing or Writing Practice grew up on our Louisa’s Writers Facebook page. Check out Roxana’s Guest Writer posts. (Roxana Arama, Guest Writer ) She is working on a complex and ambitious fusion novel built on history and fantasy. Why writing practice works so well for me ©2012 by Roxana Arama As promised, I typed up the reasons why writing practice works so well for me. 1. Writing with other people produces insights At Louisa’s, we read what we write, and that makes a big difference in the way I write. The people I write with are my friends, and I’ve grown to like and respect them over the years. No one writing session will change people’s mind about my craft, so I’m not trying to impress anybody. But I’m trying to make the five minutes that the other people sit around the table and listen to me interesting for them. Whatever they’re listening to is a sliver of my work, a scene out of context, a piece of meta-writing. So I’m trying to make myself as clear as I can. Which means that, as I write, I keep an eye on my subplots, backstories, character motivations – any detail that I can add to make listening out of context easier. As I straddle all these...Read More
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