My basic belief about the making of stories is that they pretty much make themselves. The job of the writer is to give them a place to grow (and to transcribe them, of course).
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You must not come lightly to the blank page.
It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way.
If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
You cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.
When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.
Stopping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea.
Remember that the basic rule of vocabulary is use the first word that comes to your mind, if it is appropriate and colorful. If you hesitate and cogitate, you will come up with another word – of course you will, there’s always another word – but it probably won’t be as good as your first one, or as close to what you really mean.
You should avoid the passive tense.
In my view, stories and novels consist of three parts: narration, which moves the story from point A to point B and finally to point Z; description, which creates a sensory reality for the reader; and dialogue, which brings characters to life through their speech.
The best form of dialogue attribution is said, as in he said, she said, Bill said, Monica said.
Building characters in fiction: The job boils down to two things – paying attention to how the real people around you behave and then telling the truth about what you see.
Marketing is largely about creating stories, and becoming part of other people’s stories. On writing reveals how stories come to life in the written form, and how their creation fits into Stephen King’s life. The book is thoroughly enjoyable and insightful, ideal summer reading. Writing is a key skill these days, so it’s not a bad idea to read a book or two about doing it better. Also, this would make a great case-study for Creativity