Saturday, July 3, 2010

One Freebie

Years ago, when I was kind-of-but-not-really studying yoga, I first heard of the concept of "one freebie". The idea is that every newbie has one pose in yoga that they can do as though they had been studying that pose for years. You just have a natural gift for that pose.

Recently, I'd heard the concept applied to writing skills as well. Every writer has one thing that they can do effortlessly. The trick is to know what the one thing is. For me, I think it's world building.

I love world building, so even if I weren't any good at it, I would still end up doing it well because I love it and spend a lot of time on it. I'm all about being internally self consistent, so that when my stories have something strange in them, the reader can have a sense of how it all fits together.

What's you're one freebie?


  1. Ooh! I like that idea.

    Erm... I'm pretty good at world-building too, but I'd probably say Dialogue was my freebie. I lurve dialogue. I think of most of my scenes that way, and then have to go in and add description and action later.

  2. Dialogue is one of my fears, I envy you :)

  3. Agh, when I tried yoga, I wasn't good at ANY of the positions. There was one particular position, however, which always made my nose itch. I do hope this is not an omen for my writing. :)

  4. I have to admit that I was always afraid my one freebie would be the child pose :)

  5. Dialogue. That is my freebie and i'm glad it is. Though wouldn't it be awesome if like first drafts, or revisions were your freebie? OR voice? that would be awesome...


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