fter considering the numerous worries both new and experienced writers have, I have found many writers suffer from a vile affliction when there exists an eliminator, in a sense a cure for the WATT Syndrome utilized by many, if not all successful writers, at one time or another in the careers. First, let me qualify what I mean by success. Success does not necessarily mean money, book sales or notoriety. There is only one word, which represents a universal concept of success, and that word is gratification. A goal to achieve an objective is a quest for gratification. What is your goal?
Here are a few examples of the WATT “Worry About This That” Syndrome
This blog would not be of much value if I, although a writer newly taking the craft seriously, did not offer my opinion on how one can go forward without self-imposed unproductive issues inhibiting their writing experience.
First things first, let’s develop an opposing term to the WATT Syndrome. The term must allow for the elimination of our pre-conceived concerns enabling us to approach the writing process with less apprehension. I suggest using the acronym “FI!” and call it the “FI! Attitude” Keeping the explanation mark of course.
Once adopting the, “FI! Attitude” by default your psychological perception of writing, even if only temporarily, will be liberated from restraints. You will find the ability to spend an enhanced and lengthened amount of time in that highly sort after magical area called “The Zone”. This will become obvious as the “FI! Attitude” eliminates concerns that would normally limit your imagination. The initial assembly of your story then becomes a more intuitive and spontaneous experience.
Before we get into the process, I would like offer recourse if the FI! Attitude is not sufficient to keep you on track. Break down the acronym FI into its derivation, say the words out loud and keep on writing!
There is a simple two-step process that has helped me. First, let us forget about being a writer. tell a story, fantasize, don’t be afraid to be extravagant. Forget grammar and spelling, they have nothing to do with your actual story, just say FI!
Since you already have a premise for your story, for as long as you can, write your ideas as if telling someone the story in an abridged version within two pages. Don’t be too concerned with stopping to think, but if you do, let it count for leaps in the story line. At this point, even your characters can be referred to as he or she, mother, boss etc. Also, do not be overly concerned if your sequence is out of order. Save that for Step 2.
Now that you have a page or two, maybe more, of your story. Begin creating an outline of its contents. This could be as simple as Beginning, Middle, and End. You can always search the internet using a term similar to “creating outline for …”
Wa-da-tah, that’s my theory. Do you have another? If you try this one, please come back and let us know how it worked out for you.