Perhaps the most whimsical holiday we celebrate on our calendar is Groundhog Day.
More interesting is the movie, Groundhog Day, in which the same day is repeated endless times until Bill Murray’s character becomes a person of good character. (If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend it!)
Murray repeats the day until he learns new skills: manners, proficient piano playing, grace, selflessness and an appreciation for the smaller pleasures in life.
Now, how does this relate to writing – my area of focus?
As Murray repeated the day, he became more competent at many things. His piano playing, which he started from scratch, later becomes a true talent. He is able to improvise and play a jazz version of a classic composer’s work.
All of his acquired talents work toward his ulterior motive, to woo Andi MacDowell’s character. His ability to win other people through his unselfish behavior, like performing the Heimlich maneuver on the choking mayor, impresses her.
Now, the application to writing – and thank you for your patience as I build my story!
By writing repeatedly, practicing diligently, people can become more competent at their writing. I still remember when my college English professor admonished me to “Write more gracefully!”
So, writing often and trying new approaches can develop writing skills.
By repeating a statement, emphasis can be given to a particular statement. “I won’t!” is a fairly emphatic statement.
However, if the person says, “I won’t, I won’t, I won’t!” an entirely different picture emerges. Could this person be a willful child who has been told to do something and he or she is having a tantrum?
A series of similar statements can also add emphasis. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” (from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities).
So, before I repeat myself yet again: If you intend to be an excellent writer, write!
(And once you can write, then a book can come next!)
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