I enjoy the process of processing data. I know, I’m weird. What can I say.
But as a new writer, finding creative ways to apply this interest of mine, I find myself encountering new challenges.
One is terminology. In this field, they seem to have their own lingo. Brain dump / Info dump for one example. Same thing, right?! Nope.
Already familiar with the term brain dump from bullet journaling. I do this in my own way when getting my thoughts on paper, creating to do lists, brainstorming Grimoire ideas and when learning or creating educational materials.
I have been in the process of writing down everything I know, random thoughts and ideas for chapters and the book in general including what research I should do. You name it. Though honestly in preparing to write a book it has me wondering what different methods there are of doing this to improve what I am already doing.
That is when I came across the term Info Dump, and as it turns out is something completely different. It implies imposing loads of information on readers. Information overload. Seeing as I love information and love to share the information I learn, this will be yet another challenge for me to face. How to impart what I want to, without writing 10 books in one?!
Another related challenge is repeating myself. My first experience in teaching came from face to face, in person instruction, where you often have to repeat yourself. Because well, as my friend and personal trainer used to say. You can say something 99 times and on the 100th time it will click and they will understand what you have said. At this point they will ask why you never mentioned this before! Well, it’s not the same in writing. If it needs going over again they can simply re-read it. The habit of repeating myself is something I have been able to work on over the years. Though I know I will need to stay diligently aware of this throughout the process of editing.
I am hoping that this weekly blog will help me iron out the kinks. But I also know it is good to have help. For this reason, I sought out a local writing critique group that meets once a month. I went to my first meeting this last week. And wow, just wow. I am glad I chose to do that. I will let you all know more about how that is going in a future post.
At this point I am overwhelmed in a great way. Encouraged that working through all these challenges will serve to help me become a better writer. I look forward to the growth it will bring.