Monday, April 29, 2013

Yield



Today is about yielding. What does that mean to the story, to where your protagonist needs to go? I have three protagonists in the story of The Seventh Man. Each one has life lessons to learn. Each one has a “growth” curve to find within the confines of the novel, and each one must, if they are to progress along this growth curve, yield to the life lessons they find within.
And yet each one will choose a different path than what they perhaps thought they were meant to by the end of the novel. This yielding to lessons, to the curve life demands is crucial to the success of the novel, and if you think about it, your life as well within your writer’s world and without. As we write we grow and change and hopefully become better at what we do. Isn’t that why we are constantly told to write as often as possible, if not every day?
When did you start writing seriously? How have you, as a writer, changed since that time? Are you now where you thought you would be when you started? I am a better writer than when I started, but I’m not done with my journey. I’ll continue on, whether it’s the left or right fork I choose in the roads ahead or whether I eventually give it up all together. For me writing is all about choices and learning to yield, be that to my characters and what they want from me, or to the bloodying of a mss to make sure it is the best it can be. I yield to the lessons this writing life continues to teach me. I try every day to be better than I was the day before in some way. This blogging challenge has been a great help to me in that regard. I’ve learned different lessons this time around than I learned last year and I look forward to see where I am next April when I once again take up the A to Z gauntlet. 
 







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11 comments:

  1. I'm, definitely, still on the journey and I think...as with almost everything else in my life...it's going to be a long one.

    Hopefully, though, I'll make it to a satisfying end :)

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    1. Me too! Glad to have met you on the A to Z Mark. Thanks for sticking in there with me...

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  2. Yield is a great word for writers. Often we have to yield our desires over to those of the protagonist.

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    1. And I love it when that happens because that means something is working right!

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  3. Great post Lisa thank you! It's such a powerful word. It doesn't mean giving up, just giving way to see where next. In writing, I agree that one has to yield, let the character's voice be heard.
    Susan Scott's Soul Stuff

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  4. I am beyond where I thought I would go. And unsure where to go next.

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    1. Wow. I'm unsure as well but just keep plogging away...

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  5. I love thinking about how much my writing has evolved. All the critiques and input from other amazing authors has made all the difference to me. The community of writers is beautiful and wonderful and I'm always excited to think about how supportive we are of each other. :)

    Have fun with z.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a great comment Jessica. I too, gain so much by having talented people to communicate with and bounce ideas off of... Glad to meet you on the A to Z...

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  6. Hi Lisa .. I'll be using my blog for my future projects - more anon ... but certainly I'd have never known I could write if I hadn't started blogging, and now I have the opportunity to develop out and on ... I love the process - there are so many great people out with loads of advice and support - it's a wonderful world!

    Cheers Hilary

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Thank you so much for commenting on my blog. I may not always be able to respond to the comments you leave, HOWEVER, I will ALWAYS go to your blog and leave a comment myself! Who knows, I might even subscribe to your blog like you might subscribe to mine! Appreciate you dropping by.