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The Psychology of Writing

Posted on: February 5th, 2012 by Hannah Beasley 8 Comments

Fullscreen capture 1312012 71232 PM.bmpI loved Scrivener from the first time I used it. Being able to have all my resources in the same place as my manuscript, just one click away, has been so incredibly helpful, especially as I have so much material to reference! One thing I have found incredibly helpful is, with the aide of Scrivener, to view a photo of my character as I write a scene in which they are the prominent character.There’s just something about looking at that image of your character as you write about them that makes you get them right, almost as if they’re just staring at you, telling you to show the world who they really are. People’s faces are really amazing if you think about it…by just looking at someone’s face you can get an idea of who they are. That’s why I love finding photos of people who just are my characters – it makes it easier for me to discover their personalities and develop them. I know it’s psychological; but then, writing is a little psychological, right? Anything to get the words out.

I’m also learning that it’s okay to take a whole page to describe your character. I mean, Charlotte Bronte was accustomed to taking at least that much for her characters! Sometimes it’s in that long, detailed explanation and description that the person is formed completely, made solid in my mind. So I’m writing as much as I can, making each scene good and long in the character-development department, because it’s easier to cut things out than it is to past things in. And I’m trying not to get swallowed up in research, because believe me, it can happen. In fact, it happened this week. =D I’m still trying to recover from spending two full days in front of my laptop, scrounging Google for the smallest references to different people who lived in 1860. (I was getting very used to seeing only one “O” in Google’s page number-er thing when doing a search)
goinghome Linking up to the Beauty in Design Challenge. Feel free to take and use this wallpaper. (Song by Mary Fahl for Gods and Generals)

What about you? Do you have any “weird” things you do to help you write?


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8 Responses

  1. Emily says:

    Love this!! Do you have the free version of Scrivener or did you buy it?

  2. Hannah says:

    I bought it just a few months ago! =D But I started using the beta version a year ago, so I’ve been able to work with it for a while. =D

  3. Grace Anna says:

    Beautiful! I LOVE Gods and Generals. One of my favorites…

  4. Emily says:

    I don’t really have any weird thing that I do (that I know of, at least :D)

    Scrivener sounds really interesting–I’ll have to check it out. And that picture–Harry Lloyd!!!! Oh goodness… I lov him as Will Scarlet :)

    I’m sorry I haven’t comment on here in a while–I was taking a much needed computer break :)

  5. Sky says:

    Scrivener looks so marvelous! Where do you download it? I’d love to be able to look at pictures of my characters as I write! :D

    And Harry Lloyd… <3 I loved him on the BBC version of Robin Hood. :D He’s one of my favorites.

  6. Hannah says:

    It is! =D I got it here – http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php?platform=win

    Me too!! =D I just discovered him and Robin Hood. Totally awesome!

  7. Emily says:

    I’m thinking of getting it. It looks really helpful! Are your stories safe on it? Like if the computer crashes or something?

  8. Hannah says:

    Yeah, it’s very helpful! =D I’ve never used such an organized program for writing. Yes, it’s been very safe to use…it always automatically backs up every time you close it out, too. (But even still I always back it up again on an external hard drive, or email the manuscript to myself. ;) )

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