Wednesday, December 15, 2010

THE WRITE WHISPER: Steroids for writers

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.


Kerrin said...

thanks Nicola. I've found that if i plot the whole thing, i'm bored and find i don't want to write it because i already know what's happened, and feel my characters have already reached the end!

Lacey Devlin said...

It is a very interesting article :)

Nas Dean said...

It's an interesting article but your post was more interesting. It's always nice to learn about published authors techniques for good writing!

Liz Fielding said...

I so agree with finding what works for you and sticking with it, Nic. I've read all the How-to books, but I'm still writing the same way I found before they were all published. The only book that really helped me - got me over the publication step, so to speak - was Mary Wibberley's To Writers With Love. That laid out, side by side, a dull sentence and one with sparkle. Lightbulb moment for me and that first book (An Image of You) just took took from that moment.

Nicola Marsh said...

Think I'm a bit like that, Kerrin, yet I used to be a confirmed plotter.
Go figure?

Nicola Marsh said...

Yeah, I thought so too, Lacey.

Nicola Marsh said...

I love hearing writers' processes too, Nas.
I'm always intrigued by how people write :)

Nicola Marsh said...

See, that's me too, Liz.

I have so many of them on my keeper shelf but have read once yet still write every book the same way.

But you do know many writers will rush out and buy that book you just mentioned, right? ;)