Yet another interesting article from Larry Brooks at StoryFix about how to give your story, every story, a major boost.
Putting your story on steroids.
Now, before you rush off and read it, let me say this.
I love 'how-to' stuff. Books and blog posts and journal articles on writing craft make me squee.
I devour them.
Then promptly forget them.
Yep, you read that right.
I love seeing how different people write, the different creative processes, but the thing is I've found what works best for me and I consistently do it.
A brief 2-3 page outline so I have a basic idea of the characters, a glimmer of a first scene in my head, then I sit down, start typing and off I go until the end.
No way could I plot a whole book using screenwriting tips (the one time I have, a complete mainstream I was buzzed about writing at the time, I haven't written. One fabulous chapter that made me cry and that's it. The idea languishes. Time factor, maybe? Or is it because I already know what happens?)
So I guess what I'm trying to say in my convoluted way is...with the posts I guide you to or stuff I find interesting is just that: interesting stuff to tweak your writing imagination but not gospel truth.
Find what works for you and stick to it.