When we have five Tuesdays in a month, or if one of our regular contributors is unable to make a deadline, we've been digging out some gems from the archives. Today's post was written by Cara Putman, as timely now as it was four years ago.
feeling the itch to spring clean. There’s something about the feeling of order
coming from chaos. The fact that everything has a place that it belongs.
There's also something therapeutic about throwing old things away that truly
don't serve a purpose anymore. It's hard to do, but it's good. That means I've
been tackling a drawer here and a hutch there. I pulled all the out-grown kids
clothes from various stashes and separated them for four families. Crazy!
What does this have to do with writing?
Sometimes our writing needs a spring cleaning. We've hit a point where we just
need to go through and cut some words. We've gotten a little flabby with our
sentences and need to exercise the delete key.
Maybe there's a character that needs to be punched up. A scene that's unnecessary. A chapter that needs to be enhanced.
We need to take a fresh look at what we've written and critically evaluate it.
Maybe it's time to read an award-winning or much talked about book in your genre. How does that writer craft their story? What can you learn from them?
Or it's time to crack open that craft book you purchased years ago and
remind yourself how to put tension on every page or create three
dimensional characters. to crack open that craft book you purchased years ago
and remind yourself how to put tension on every page or create three
dimensional Could it be time to pray over your writing and ask God how you're doing?
Or maybe you need to step way back and take a break from writing. Try another creative endeavor. Give your subconscious a chance to noodle the plot points that are giving you fits.
Whatever you do, take a few minutes or hours to spring clean your writing.
The award-winning, best-selling author of more than 35 books, Cara Putman graduated college at 20 and completed her law degree at 27. FIRST for Women magazine called Shadowed by Grace “captivating” and a “novel with ‘the works.'” Cara is active at her church and a full-time Clinical Associate Professor on business and ethics to undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Putman also practices law and was a second-generation homeschooling mom for twelve years. Putman obtained her Master’s in Business Administration from Krannert and her J.D. from George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law. She serves on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization she has served in various roles since 2007. She lives with her husband and four children in Indiana. You can connect with her online at: caraputman.com.