Reena’s Exploration Challenge #137 — Platform and Cave

I turned the first two into acrostics and filled them out with aspects of each.

The writer’s platform is a framework to build your scaffolding for the story:

Point of View – there is no story without a point of view
Life – the story comes with how people, places, and things interact with each other
Attitude – a character without attitude, or personality, is robotic, sterile, and/or it’s an instructional manual
Theme/topic – you should have an initial idea but keep it flexible as you go
Form – will it be a poem, a short story, an essay, a novel, fiction, non-fiction
Organization – it has to be cohesive; organized does not mean linear (necessarily)
Relevant – connecting with the emotional circuitry of your reader in some way
Memorable – making your story stand out from the zillions of other stories out there

The writer’s cave is where you go, physically or psychically, to write:

Catalyzing – you are the conduit between the story and your audience (including yourself)
Affirming – you have confidence that you are able to tell the story right
Vibrational – you are able to tune in and resonate with the story
Energy wellspring – must have it to draw from

Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
PROMPT #137
I give below three phrases

  1. Writer’s platform
  2. Writer’s Cave
  3. Writer’s Reality

Choose one or more to elaborate on your writing journey – not necessarily through this phase. It could be anything that happened before, or you foresee as happening after this.

25 Comments Add yours

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    I’m doing a session on Creative Writing for students in June, and this will be of immense help. Thanks!

    I read somewhere that brain mapping of good storytellers and listeners shows identical patterns in both. The storytellers are able to carry the listeners with them.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You are very welcome, Reena. I believe that storytellers become lovers of stories by listening/reading them, then return the favor, in a cosmic sense. I believe you’re right, they are all in the same boat when a story is told. I didn’t realize you were a “formal” teacher, Reena, but it doesn’t surprise me a bit.

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  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Platform and Cave …. by Jade Li/Lisa

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      1. Sadje says:

        A pleasure Li

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  3. Indira says:

    Very informative.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Indira.

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      1. Indira says:

        My pleasure, dear.

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  4. pendantry says:

    Very clever! (But, with my pedant’s hat on, I think you meant ‘acrostic’, not ‘acronym’.)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I stand corrected, thank you!

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      1. pendantry says:

        You are very welcome 🙂

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        1. msjadeli says:

          🙂 It’s been edited.

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  5. -Eugenia says:

    Very informative and cleverly structured.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Eugi.

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        Most welcome!

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  6. Very creative, JadeLi and very instructive.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Len, thank you.

      Like

  7. memadtwo says:

    Both clear and useful. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, K.

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  8. Wonderfully elaborated upon, Li!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Punam.

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      1. You are welcome.

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