In an effort not to be catty, this kitty is offering some tips for all the other writing cats currently scratching their claws on the writing post.
- Catalog plot ideas, character sketches, research, and queries or you’ll find yourself in a litter box of disorganization.
- Categorize your characters. Do they all reflect different personality types? ( Think of the 4 classic temperaments in Seinfeld ) Does your MC need a foil ( a character who contrasts the MC)?
- Find cathartic ways to manage the strong emotions evinced by the writing process or you’ll likely become feral.
- A catnap is great for working through a scene or stimulating creative juices.
- Keep in mind a possible catchphrase. Maybe a remark a character repeatedly makes or line for your elevator pitch.
- Embrace the cataract of creative ideas when they flow. Be discriminating but not too finicky.
- Retreating into the catacombs of your soul is often necessary for those emotionally-fussy scenes.
- Curl up and read read read, you never know what will inspire and serve as a catalyst for your writing.
- Don’t be a catfish ( pretending to be somebody you’re not) on social media, or you’ll end up getting spayed.
- Don’t get into a catfight on social media.Retract those claws and back away from a rabid tabby.
- Treat your social media posts like a catwalk. Strut your best stuff and work your breed…er, genre.
- Replace your fragile ego strings with catgut. Rejection is the norm in this biz.
- New writers are caterpillars. You need a while to grow in your writing cocoon before emerging into a beautiful author butterfly.
- Do your caterwauling in private. Don’t show your fangs. You never know when a Tomcat might be stalking your platform.
- Writing ought to be your catnip. Be playful!
A big thanks to my neighbor for allowing me to post her photo of Roxy.
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