Episode 119 – Bringing Your Values to Your Writing

On this episode of Diving into Writing, Mariëlle and Lucinda talk about values and whether or not it’s important your written work reflects your most inner values.

Here are some of the topics that came up:

  • Should your values influence your writing?
  • How do you bring your values into your writing?
  • Mariëlle and Lucinda share some examples of the values they’ve written into their worlds and how, for example, by making it part of their world-building, the way their plots evolve, or the kinds of characters they let inhabit their worlds. 

Here’s the exercise from Mariëlle’s 99 Writing Prompts and Journal Exercises

According to Stephen King, ‘serious ideas must always serve your story, not the other way around. I repeat: if you want to preach, get a soapbox.’ 

What serious ideas underline your work? What are you challenging or shaking up? 

Set your timer. For the next fifteen minutes, write down your answer to those questions. When you’re done, set your timer to five minutes and ask yourself, ‘Why this?’    

You can find her book here: https://mswordsmith.nl/99writingprompts

The other book Mariëlle mentioned during the episode, 7 Figure Fiction: How to Use Universal Fantasy to SELL Your Books to ANYONE by T. Taylor, can be found here: https://7figurefiction.com

Episode 118 – It’s Never Too Late in the Year to Set Your (realistic) Goals

After having gone most of the year without many concrete goals, during this episode of Diving into Writing, Mariëlle and Lucinda set some goals for the rest of 2023.   

Here are some of the topics that came up:

  • While Mariëlle did have some main goals for 2023, she realised she forgot about everything else she wanted to achieve and complete this year because she never actually wrote those other goals down. 
  • Lucinda realised during the episode that she can’t just keep adding things on to her day and wants to try alternating certain things so she can get everything else done.
  • When our lives change, our writing habits might have to change along. When Mariëlle was still teaching, writing every day wasn’t a possibility, but it is now. Lucinda used to write every day, but, with her current responsibilities, wishing for that back can only lead to disappointment, so she’s going to try to use her annual leave to schedule blocks of writing time instead.