Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Good Morning, Fellow Travellers!
Got some simple tips on writing for you this fine day. Here goes!
(1) Make sure you understand the genre before you begin. Read, read, read. Take notes. And then read some more. Nothing replaces research.
(2) If you are going to write about cops, take Joseph Wambaugh's words to heart, "The best stories aren't about how cops work on cases, but how cases work on cops."
(3) Activate your reader's brain. Humans are hardwired for story. We think and learn in stories. We have a primal need to know what's going down in order to work our flight or fight survival instinct.
Stimulate your reader's desire to know what's happening subconsciously fires neurons in her brain, which releases dopamine, nature's crack, and chemically sucks her into the story. She gets immense pleasure from going along for the ride.
(4) Write for one, publish for a million. Be honest. Be original. Let the story come from the depths of your body as if you are the only one going to read it. Then, edit it into a professional product.
(5) Don't hesitate to lie. Remember, a novel is a lie that tells the truth. And if you write truthfully, your days as a member of polite society are numbered anyway. So tell the truth about society...by lying.
(6) Understand the W-5. Who. What. When. Where. Why. These are the basic principles of all investigations. And they're the basics of storytelling.
(7) Think of Story as the Map, Plot as the Course, and Theme as the Destination.
(8) Ask a Central Story Question that begs to be answered. To hook your readers, you must quickly and clearly ask it; preferably right at the beginning. Periodically re-ask the question.
(9) Story is about People. You need to know why you want to tell it.
(10) Who is your ideal Reader? Think about her and tell her the story, making her care about it passionately.
Okay, that's it for today. Wishing y'all a wonderful Tuesday and see you next month!
Hugs, January Bain
Posted by January Bain at 5:00:00 AM