It’s been ages since I wrote a post like this, but I have an excuse: I’ve been branching out.
Since my junior year of high school has begun, I’ve been thrown into all sorts of new activities. I created my schedule so that the majority of my day is extra curricular based.
I believe that to be a writer one has to be very well rounded.
Take my typical day as an example:
I get to school early and immediately head to the TV studio to be on, and help create, the daily announcements for the whole school.
Then I head to first and second period physics (dulllll).
Next is AP American History, third period (An amazing class taught by an… interesting man I’ve known since 7th grade).
Fourth period, I’m back to the studio for my TV production class.
Fifth period is lunch and Sociology (I LOVE this class. It’s taught by probably one of my favorite teachers ever and I’m learning a crap load about society and culture. REALLY helpful for writing).
Sixth period I have journalism where we work on creating the school’s newspaper (Skyliner).
Seventh period is Pre-calc.
Eighth period is AP English (Love this teacher, too).
Finally I’m freed from my classes and head over to musical or play practice (directed by my American History teacher).
At last, I get home usually by 6:30 at the latest and work on homework a few hours before checking my two blogs and relaxing a bit.
Every single part of my day, I’m learning and creating something new. Just this weekend I’ve come up with countless podcast, blog, and story ideas.
This diversity in my schedule surely makes it hard to know what I want to do with my future, but I’m not going to complain.
Referring back to my original point, all writers need to have at least a grasp on other forms of creative output. I find it’s especially easy to write fiction when I know what it’s like to be in a lot of people’s shoes.
Also, no matter your age, I would recommend looking into acting.
I’ve only been acting for five years, but in that time I’ve played countless roles and met some amazing people.
In the play I’m in now, for example, I have to be a little girl in one scene, and a marriage counselor looking for love in another.
When I’m trying to figure out what kind of character I am, I have to entirely diagnose that persons life as authors must also do.
Any sort of branching out is good! I even can apply the things I learn from my TV production classes to my characters!
Also, study sociology and psychology if you can get the chance. If you can understand the human mind, you can write about the human mind.
Be well rounded!
Tell me in the comments what you think about this idea. How do you branch out?