Turn Simple Stories Into Comedy, Drama, or Documentaries

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Writing Can Be About Anything

An excellent example demonstrating this is someone who ran into my car recently. When I went to get the estimate for repairs, I asked the receptionist what some of the memorable stories that stood out in her mind were. She said that occasionally when people came to pick up their cars, they were involved in accidents when leaving the repair lot. Ouch. That would not be good.

This topic seems so ordinary and one that you could overlook the event as a story idea. However, suppose you look closely at it. In that case, it could be a way to begin to tell a story about something that might be about to happen. It might be during or right after having, in this example, your car repaired. Each one of these topics can develop into an exciting story. With additional information, it could become a series of writing detailing each area of this topic.

That is how easy it is to write. There are subjects all around and in every part of life. If the topic seems too bland, it is your job to enhance the story to make it exciting and give the information a new twist.

Life has various events that seem every day. Still, you have a unique perspective that can help someone else handle that challenge in a much easier way. Your ideas and approach are unique to you and can provide new insight into someone who may need your exact process to help them.

Turn these simple stories into comedy, drama, or documentary. Choose which way you want to enhance the information. You can even approach the topic in every way and see how each story unfolds for you. That adds to the fun of writing and can inspire you and others.

Abandon Writing Roadblocks, Enjoy Celebrating Your Increased Ability to Write

Are your words coming quickly, or do you struggle?

When you sit down to write, what comes up for you?

Writers often have a problem. It is widespread—the dreaded stuck state.

Some refer to this as the blinking cursor on your blank page. It cannot be enjoyable when you would rather have words on the page, and the page remains blank.

Brainstorming helps the words flow to start. Please make this a fun project, not I have to have this book finished by ____.

You appreciate the “book completion.” Don’t let anything get between you and a finished book. Being successful means you know that your book doesn’t get published every day that writing isn’t making your readers happy and making you money.

Want to write the “right” book, the miracle book that sells itself with no effort. Goals are good, but you might find you are judgy about what you are writing and not very motivated to write.

Revisit why you want to write a book and think about your readers. Look at your methods for writing. Will those methods get you a finished book for your readers? If not, why not?

Possibility vs. probability.

Is there a possibility that even if you finish writing, some readers might not like your book?

What would happen if you approached writing with anticipation, shaping your story into the book of your dreams, getting help as needed to finish?

Is there a probability if you put out fewer books, enjoy writing less, or worry about results more, and feel like you were in a state of self-fulfilling failure? Probability is determined to hold you back.
You’ve probably tried looking for articles, coaches, mentors, courses, and books to help you write better and write faster. Information that you hope will inch you up the probability ladder until you can transform from the caterpillar of a struggling writer to the butterfly of a successful book author.

Have you ever checked what it feels like to write while focusing on the probability that you will fail? You’re right. It feels like pushing a giant rock up an endless mountain. If you are writing information but not experience, you will continue to struggle. Knowledge with experience is the only thing that transforms.

You’ve experienced the Possibility Path when your muse is happy when inspiration strikes when you’re in a state of flow.

It takes discipline and experience to keep yourself on the possibility path. Still, you do not have to do it alone.

Learning to write is a transformation process.

Build experience.
Try and keep trying.

Like learning anything new, you start small.

Give yourself these gifts:
The possibility you will write a book your readers will love
The possibility you have everything you need to write right now
The possibility that you can transform the raw clay of your idea, your scene, and make it amazing in one hour
The possibility that you can write your book the way you want to write it.
During this hour, guide yourself as you make real, measurable progress on your current writing project. While you are writing, you are enjoying and using your developing writing skill.

Pick a writing technique you would like to practice.

Be open to let your writing flow during your one hour while you write the next scene in your book. It will give you practice.

Take the first step. You can write-go for it!

How To Stop Wearing the Writing Mask of Fear

Learn from your mistakes and keep writing anyway

The desire to expand your writing horizons is there, but you’re afraid like others who want to write but have either started or stopped or not tried at all.

Fear appears in many guises. I’m better about not letting this stop me than I used to be. Everyone needs to let it be OK to have a weak first draft. That will help you spot places in your story where you could add improvements.

Learning the various aspects of writing can take time. Relax and give yourself permission to learn and make mistakes. Just learn from your mistakes and keep writing.

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” F Scott Fitzgerald

If you send in a query letter to a publisher and get back a rejection slip, it isn’t a personal rejection.

A common reason for rejection is a story similar to yours, and they don’t need another one. Another instance is that some beginning writers want to submit their work before they’ve learned the basics of writing. No one comes to scold you because of your short story/article/novel rejection.

If fear is stopping you from writing, get out a pair of imaginary hiking boots with thick soles and stomp that fear into submission. You have the power. If you have said you always wanted to write novels, children’s books, whatever it is you want to write you fill in the blank______ then it is time to start.

Time is precious. Write, illustrate, do both. Write for the joy of putting your words and point of view onto paper (or the computer screen.) Let nothing hold you back. I’ve been writing for many years, without a support system in place. Not one person was in my cheering section. I found that lack of support was another excuse to avoid writing and another disguise of fear.

Want to write? It is time to start. If you’re going to improve, then study and keep putting your fanny in the chair and your hands on the keyboard and continue. Some of it will be a stinkin’ pile of poo. Find the jewels, wash them off, and get back to writing.

The desire to expand your writing horizons is there, but you’re still afraid. The same goes for someone who wants to write but hasn’t started. Or have you started and stopped?

Somehow I’ve managed to learn how to write stories that have touched readers and made them happy. I continue to study and learn and probably always will.

Fear ruled me for so many years I refuse to give in and give it any more of my time. IF YOU WANT TO WRITE, DO IT. If you submit and get rejected, either submit your work someplace else or find what is wrong and fix it. Or self-publish.

Don’t let the fear of rejection, the fear that someone in your family won’t like what you write, or any of the million and one excuses wearing the mask of fear stop you from the joy of writing.

Write About Your Pets

It is easy to write stories about your pets. They are fun, funny and you have lots of adventures with them.

Here is a sample of what a story might look like so you have more of an idea of what you might be able to do.

This is a book about one of my Pomeranians that was just so much fun to be around. She was just a bundle of energy and the story is about what my family needed to do for her to travel with us.

Here is Midget’s famous book about the  adventure she went on to go see one of her favorite people-she loved to go to grandmas. She adored grandma and grandma adored her.

Fun traveling with my dog


How to Write Fiction Stories: Creative Writing Lesson Tips

Writing has been handed down from father to son, mother to daughter or the village elder to the junior by word of mouth long before there was ever any writing of any kind, so that essential element in writing has never gone away. In fact, I would say that the prime prerequisite is: can you tell a good story?

The first thing you have to have to be a writer is to have a story or an idea or something that you want to communicate. Ask the question would someone be interested in this or would someone want to read about this? Writing is just a form of communication.
Are you a storyteller or do you have something to write about?

Here are some little tests to find out whether or not you are.

Are you the kind of person that when you go to the camp out you can tell the story by the fire and have everyone’s attention, have them hanging on your every word?

How’s your timing?

What do people say to you after you finish telling a story?

Do people laugh at your jokes?

Your listeners and then readers will tell you whether or not you can tell a good story.

Now we all want to take a look at ourselves and not be too critical and not be too harsh at the same time, be open and honest with ourselves. Share your story with a friend who will be honest with you.

Sit down and write. Then, read what you wrote so you can get your flow with words. Be interested in everything around you, be interested in what other people have to say. Take what they say and learn what they got from your writing. Did your story idea interest them, did they have any aha moments from what you wrote? Use that information to fine tune what you are writing. Begin to develop your voice and your style as a writer.

How to Write a Book (For Beginners)

Back to basics. I recently had a request for posts specifically geared towards beginners. For those aspiring writers you have an idea and a dream but aren’t really sure how to take that next step. I’m going be breaking down the writing process step by step. It’s important to understand that everything in this post is a general overview of the process. I don’t want you to get the impression that this is something that can be done overnight or in a hurry because you couldn’t do this overnight.

Each individual step is a process in and of itself. Depending on what type of book you want to write it can be easy or hard. It can take a lot of time and a lot of dedication. These steps will at least give you the general idea of what direction to move in and will hopefully give you the basics that you need to get you started.

Here are the five steps for how to write a novel.
Step number one: come up with an idea. This may seem like the easy part, but in my opinion this is one of the more difficult steps of the process. You have to come up with an idea that has substance. It needs to be something that you could write an entire novel about. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come up with an idea and thought it was brilliant only to discover later that it was problematic that there wasn’t any conflict at the heart of the story or there was no true antagonist or it simply wasn’t compelling enough to write enough words on it.

So how exactly do you come up with these ideas. Well, it’s kind of up to you. Every writer has their own process for coming up with ideas, for some it’s very organic. They just get an idea and it works and they run with it, or others it’s a little bit of inspiration/manipulation. I’m typically inspired by something around me, whether it’s something I see in the world or a feeling that I have and want to explore. Perhaps a song lyric or a painting that really speaks to me. I usually get some sort of basic idea from that and then I think about okay what could be the story here.

If you think about all of the elements that make up a good story, it’s really easy to take your idea and manipulate it into an idea that’s worth writing a novel about. Decide who is your protagonist, who is the antagonist, what’s the conflict of the story, what journey is the character going to go on what are their goals and motivations once you start thinking about all of these and sort of filling in all of the blanks. You should be able to tell if you have a novel worthy story on your hands. If you are finding that you’re struggling to make the pieces fit then, that may not be an idea that you want to continue developing. You just keep being creative and keep thinking what if, what is and then eventually you come up with an idea that you know is what you want to write your story on.

Step number two: planning. Some people consider themselves to be planners when it comes to writing. That basically means that they take their idea and sit down and just write completely by the seat of their pants and that really works for them. That is awesome.
some people are plotters. If you’re just starting out with a writing journey, I really encourage you to consider doing some planning before you start writing. You need to know who your characters are and where your story is going before the first word is even written. Think about it like this, it would be like going to a brand new place that you’ve never been before and trying to navigate that place without the help of a map or a GPS or directions from a local. It could be done, but it would be rather difficult.

When you’re first starting out, you want to make it as easy as you can for yourself. That’s why planning is really important and highly encouraged. I recommend that you do character charts or profiles for each of your main characters and an outline. Your character turns don’t have to be anything fancy, they just have to serve the purpose of allowing you to get to know those characters as if they were real people. You have to get inside their heads, after all and in order to write truly convincing characters you have to know and understand exactly who that character is and what makes them tick. Their fears, their motivations, their goals, their aspirations, their dreams, their likes, their dislikes, etc. This is a step that you do not want to skip. Once you’ve got your characters down, then it’s time to move on to your outline. You have to know exactly where your story is going so it’s a really important step. Stop, sit down, and figure it all out before you just dive right into the writing.

I can recommend Freytag’s pyramid to outline. It is by far one of the most helpful methods that I have found. By using that method the stories feel much more developed and fleshed out and the actual writing of those stories feels a million times easier than when I used to write without it. You need an outline, you’re the writer, it’s your story, and you have to know all of the inner and outer workings of that story before the first word is ever written. Take some time flesh out your characters and your plot and once you’ve done it’s time to start writing.

Step number three: write the first draft. Here’s what you do you put yourself in a chair, put your fingers on that keyboard and you write that story no matter what. Stop letting self-doubt be a distraction or an excuse. Stop trying to make things perfect. Just write your story. First drafts are usually crappy. It doesn’t matter who you are or how good of a writer you are. This is your first draft. You have a place to start editing. Get the bare bones of your story down on paper.

Step number four: celebrate. You just wrote a novel and that is amazing. So many people say they’re going to write a book and never actually accomplished it, but you did. It’s a good idea to take a little time away from the manuscript, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you so while you’re celebrating and recharging your batteries put the manuscript away. When you are ready dive back in with fresh eyes. Once the rest period is over, it’s time to pick up that manuscript and start revising. At this point, you’re not worried about all the little stuff like grammar and mechanics, you’re focused more on the structure of your story, the development of your characters, the advancement of your plot, and so on.

You may find yourself deleting entire sections and chapters. You may find that you need to rewrite a lot of things, you’ll move stuff around and rename things and do a whole lot of changing,. This can be a good thing and is actually part of the process.You get to take your idea and really start chipping away at it until it becomes something that you’re really proud of. This may also a really great time to enlist the help of beta readers and critique partners. Beta readers and critique partners are invaluable when it comes to feedback.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to take that draft you’re revising and really making the story shine. Send it out to people and get the feedback you need to make that story ten times better than it is. A lot of writers consider this step optional.

Step number five: polishing. Once you’re sure the content of your story is a solid as you can make it, then the next step is to go through and make edits. This is where you’re focusing on those little things where you’re looking for grammatical errors and sentence structure issues, you’re removing filter words and changing up dialogue tags, etc.

At this point, you really should not be making any significant content changes, just fixing those tiny little errors and tightening things up. Once you’ve done that, you have a finished and polished novel. Remember no matter how tough things get just keep writing. Don’t give up, you can do it!

13 Steps To Help You Write

So you want to write a book. I know the feeling I’ve been writing books for many years now. There’s a lot of people out there on the internet and elsewhere, that will try to tell you that writing a book is easy, you can do it fast, they’ve got five steps to writing a best-seller.

I do have 13 foundational steps that you’re going to need to follow if you’re going to write a book. Speed is not the point. Quality is the point.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is establish your writing space. You should never say that you don’t have a place to write, you can write anywhere, but you want to establish what you need. If you need solitude, make sure you find a place in your house where you can shut the door, turn off media and you can have privacy and silence or whatever you need to write. The more you can afford, the better you’ll do as far as equipment and space.

A second important step is to assemble your writing tools. All you need is a notebook and a pencil or your laptop and a comfortable chair. Learn what works for you: if you are out somewhere do you need to take cushion from home so you can sit up straight your back? Your neck are important to your writing too. You’re going to be spending a lot of hours with that notebook or in front of that computer, so don’t scrimp on your computer. When you’re home don’t scrimp on your chair. Make a list of all the things you’re going to need while you’re especially at home. If you need paper clips or a stapler or whatever make sure you have all those within arm’s length so you don’t get distracted by having to look for things.

A third important thing you want to do is to break the project into small pieces. The reason that writing a book seems so colossal is because it is writing a book. Break the task into as many small pieces as you can. Your manuscript in the end is made up of sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. Just doing one thing at a time, that’s the way to get a handle on it.

Number four is to settle on your big idea. It needs to be a big idea if it’s book worthy. It’s going to be big concept. We don’t have any room in the marketplace anymore for small concept book ideas. If it’s small, use it for a blog or an article. If you tryed to write a book before and you ran into a roadblock at the 20 or 30 day mark or maybe the 20 or 30 page mark, it could be because your idea wasn’t big enough. How do you know if your idea is big enough? If it has legs, it stays with you. If you tell your friend what your book is about and every time you tell them it gets bigger, that’s a book that’s going to last in the marketplace.

Step 5 is to construct your outline. Even if it is on one side of one sheet of paper, give yourself some direction of where you’re going. Now some people especially if you’re a beginning writer, your editor or your agent may need to see an entire synopsis of your novel idea so you’ll have to do more of an outline than you might have done later. Agents and editors demand outlines for nonfiction. There’s no writing a nonfiction book without an outline. They want to know what you’re going to say, how you’re going to say it, where you’re getting your information, and what your points are going to be. Now we often talk in fiction about the marathon of the middle and how that stops everybody. That’s one of the places that you might begin to wonder, why did I ever think I could do this? That’s the marathon of the middle. You can’t just survive it or endure it, you have to thrive in it because the reader is right with you. If it seems boring to you, your reader is asleep. This happens to be true of nonfiction as well. Now you’ll take care of that with your outline, and for nonfiction you’ll know that your middle has enough good stuff in it. In fiction be sure you’re saving a lot of big setups and payoffs for that marathon in the middle. You can do the same in nonfiction. In fiction you don’t have the same number of elements as far as tension and conflict and dialogue. You still need to set up in the payoff for your non-fiction book. Say you’re writing a nonfiction book about how to build a model ship. You need to set it up so that it looks impossible until your specific solution comes through, that’s your setup and payoff. Don’t be intimidated by an outline, your outline serves you not the other way around. If you’ve got an outline and you find yourself drifting from it or you think the book is working in a different, better direction, make your outline work for you.

Number six and that is: to set a firm reading schedule that includes a firm deadline. That hangs up too many beginning writers if they don’t have a publishers deadline. Set your own and notice if you we to fudge on our own deadlines. Make sure you don’t do that. Keep your deadline firm. The way you do that is to figure out roughly how many pages you’re going be writing for your book. 300, 400, 500 and divide that into the number of days you’re allotting yourself to write. This may change once you get started and realize how many or how few pages you can write per day. If you schedule yourself for 10 pages a day and you’re really not comfortable with more than four or five, change your schedule, change your deadline. Once you get it locked in, keep it firm. As a publisher I found that only about 1 in 100 writers literally meet their deadlines. If you just do that, you set yourself apart from ninety nine out of a hundred writers. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re going find the time to write. You need to schedule the time you need to get your writing finished. Schedule your days right on your calendar and keep those appointments.

Seven is to conduct your research. A lot of people miss the fact that research is just as important for fiction as well as nonfiction. If you miss a small detail of history or aircraft or weaponry, you can be sure readers are going to point this out specificity. Having the details correct lends credibility to fiction and fiction needs to be believable. Once you’ve done your research, you might be tempted to show that off to the reader. You want to resist that urge. Your research is not your main course, the story is the main course. Research is the seasoning that adds that specificity that gives you credibility and believability.

Number eight is to write a compelling reader first opener. Give it the time it deserves because if you can pull off an important compelling first line, it will set the tone for your entire book. You probably won’t write a more important line than that first one. Most first lines fall into one of these categories: surprising, dramatic statement, philosophical, or poetic. By making your reader first, every decision you make in your manuscript goes through that filter. Reader first not you first, not editor first, not agent first, not reviewer first, not critic first, reader first. You want that first sentence to be the best, most compelling, most moving, most emotional experience they’ve ever had. It will keep your reader reading more.

Number nine is to fill your story with conflict and tension, readers crave tension and yes, this applies to nonfiction as well. Almost every time a writer shows me their manuscript and says, “I don’t know where to go from here”, it’s because they got to a point where the people on the page are agreeing with each other too much. We like that in real life. It’s nice to have pleasant conversations, talk with your spouse or friends over a meal. There’s nothing more boring in fiction than that, so what you want to do is inject that. Have one of those characters say something totally off-the-wall, maybe once this isn’t it a beautiful day and the other one says “oh sure, you would say that”. All of a sudden the reader and that character are going, “what was that about? Where did that come from?” That’s conflict. What’s the problem in their relationship, what’s the underlying tension that caused that conflict? That will keep people turning the pages and you want to do that on every page even if it’s just a matter of someone setting up an appointment. They need to see the doctor tomorrow. There’s an implication there that something’s coming up otherwise why would the author put it in there? Now in nonfiction, how do you do that? You don’t want unpleasantness. It doesn’t have to be something negative. It doesn’t have to be a battle or a war or a fight. Conflict and tension come up in nonfiction simply by promising and then delivering, setting up and paying off. Some of the best nonfiction writers and ones who have spent the first several chapters promising you what you’re going to get when you finish reading this book and then they deliver.

Step number ten is to turn off your internal editor while you’re writing your first draft. Most writers I know are perfectionists. When you have that inner critic sitting on our shoulder telling you what’s wrong with every word you write, that inner critic just needs to be told to shut up. Now is not the time to be criticizing your own work. Always save your editing until the next day at least and the longer you can wait between when you write it and when you edited it the better for the end product. Turn off that internal editor, get your story down, and then tell yourself that the next day you can put your perfectionist cap back on and have at it.

Remember in point number five when I mentioned the marathon in the middle? I want to make that point eleven and hit that again because if there’s any place you’re gonna quit, it’s going to be during the marathon in the middle. This is the toughest spot for everyone. When you hit the marathon in the middle you begin to wonder why did I get into this business? The problem with the marathon of the middle is we’ve all got great ideas to start and we can’t wait to get to that big finish, but now we’ve got a couple hundred pages in the middle to fill. If you just start padding it in fiction with extra scenes or nonfiction with extra points your reader is going to drop off the page. This is where you don’t just survive, you thrive.

Number 12 is to write a resounding ending. You want your book to end the way a Broadway play ends when that curtain comes down with a satisfying thud. You make sure your ending doesn’t fizzle, you give it the time it deserves. Don’t settle for second best if it takes longer to write your ending than the rest of the book so what? Do whatever it takes to make it work. If you’ve got several ideas for how what might be best, go for the one that is the most emotional because readers remember what moves them.

Last and most important point step 13 is that you need to become a ferocious self. What does it mean to be ferocious? You know what it means, it means to be aggressive. Everything else is for naught if you don’t polish your manuscript to the point where you’re happy with every word. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be perfect or that you don’t need an editor or if you should place it with a publisher. You need to polish that thing until it sings. Why, because agents and editors can tell within two minutes whether your manuscript is going to be worth reading or rejecting. That doesn’t sound fair and maybe it isn’t fair, but they have so many things to read, the competition is so vast, they’ve learned to be able to tell within a page or two whether this has potential or not. That puts all the onus on you to self-edit. If you pay an editor, what is the publisher buying? Your work or someone else’s? Learn to edit yourself.

Fun Exercises for Creative Writers

New prompts for creative writers to help get you writing.

Select an object, place it on a table in front of you and write for a few minutes from that perspective. Get up and move to another place at the table. That allows you to see the object from a different perspective and write a few minutes from that perspective. I particularly like puzzles when doing this exercise and moving around the table so every side of the puzzle can have a few minutes written from that perspective. This also helps you put a puzzle together when it seems you are not able to spot where the pieces belong. Seeing the puzzle from one of the other views will help you begin to work on puzzle placement again.

Observation on an object. This one you can begin by doing on a small object and work your way up in size. Take any object from your room: your bedroom, your living room, your dining room, your bathroom. Place it on a table or a chair or a stool in front of you sit in front of it and observe this object. As you observe the object write about the object. For some people this will work as a straightforward description of it as an object. Then describe it as what your mom would say, or your dad, or one of your other family members. You will find everyone will have a different observation because they bring their own psychology, their own philosophy, their own inward feelings, their own outlook, and they project this onto this object. This can give you an insight into your own self, but it also gives you an insight into the environment and what this item can mean to different people. Now work your way up to a bigger object. Try it with different objects, take it out onto the street and observe a building.

Pretend you are serving in an apprenticeship: ex: there are many apprenticeships, plumbing, carpentry, sculpting, painting. Ask yourself what might be the things you would learn from each of these apprenticeships. Use those descriptions in your writing.

  • Make a list of 10 people, occupations, jobs. You can have banker, baker, carpenter, electrician, dentist, artist, football player. You get the picture.
  • Second list is a place. So 10 places. Like a restaurant or cafe, being in bed, book shop, bank, airplane, an airport, a ship.
  • Next is a list of things. Objects, noise, a baseball bat, a mobile phone, a candle, a hammer, a guitar, a balloon, a packet of gum, again you get the idea.
    The next part of the exercise is: take your ten people, cut the list up, put each name into a hat and you draw out 1 person. Then cut up your list of places, put them all in a hat and draw out 1 place. Cut up your list of things, put them in the hat and draw out 1 thing.
  • You then have a person, in a place doing one thing. Write about that. Keep going until you have the ten of them as a start to little adventures, little stories, little short projects. It could develop into an idea that sparks off a whole story or book for you. Great for you to practice creating your skills for stories about person, place, thing.

Next is called I am this. What you do is your version. Must contain metaphors. Ten lines with metaphors that tell us who you are. EX: Detroit you know what you are _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ who you are _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Remember use metaphors. This is a good exercise for getting you into knowing how to use figurative language. Try different cities, events and situations.

Next exercise is the sounds of your neighborhood, or your childhood, or the place where you grew up. You can, of course, use it for the place where you live now and what you do there. This will help you in describing places and what is important about them.

Sound is a thing that is often underused or overlooked in creative writing. Think of the sounds of your childhood, of the place where you grew up, of your mother’s voice, of your father’s belching, of your grandmother’s laugh. Sounds that may no longer be around, kids games that are no longer played, music that you heard growing up.

Next is called the difference of place. You go to a place let’s say a restaurant or a museum and you write down (bring a notepad or your iPad or your phone or whatever you use) a description of this place. When you describe the place don’t just give a straightforward description of the architecture, for instance. Give us the sounds, give us the colors, give us the details, give us the textures of the place, give us the atmosphere of the place, the energy of the place. Places have a feeling, places have a life of themselves so go to this place, this museum, describe it in detail, in immense detail as much as you can write down.

Read it to yourself, go through it, edit it down, rewrite it, and put it in your descriptions file. Then as you go next week to another place, a place that is very different than the museum or the cafe. It could be a park, it could be a church, a church that’s empty or a church that’s full you could do both of those one after the other and what’s the difference between a full and empty.

Have a look you have these two different descriptions and you’ll see the difference that different places have. What is the setting of your novel, what is the setting of your book, your character may emerge from this, a story may emerge from this, a whole book may emerge from this.

Creative Writing Techniques

In your introductory paragraph and in all of your paragraphs there are some techniques you can use to make your writing more interesting.

Replace words to see if you can add more interest to your story.
I ran away from her, I sprinted away from her as fast as I could, or she dashed behind me.

I hid behind a tree, I peeked out slowly, she was wandering in between the trees, it’s much more interesting than she walks, she walked. It just adds more interesting rhythm to your story

How about another word that we use a lot. Look or see. How about some other interesting words for look or see. Observe, stare, spy, to spy, your spy, peek or peep, gaze, glimpse. If your character is seeing something for the first time. Notice, if I’m really looking for something really hard and I can’t find it, I’m looking for my keys. I’m searching.

Think of different ways that a person could say something because of the tone of voice, so someone saying something really loud rather than they said that softly. What word could you use instead of said? Shout, something that’s really loud, someone saying something really loud.

Exclaimed, excellent, these are excellent, scream. How about if someone’s really sad, oh they might whisper, cry, cried, sobbed, sob, whimper, whimpered.

If you were saying something like you were really proud about it, super proud, brags, bragged, boasted, told when often they really mean ask.

Asked, asked questions, acknowledged, added, admitted, advised, decrees, denounced, answered, approved, called, claim, command, commented, complained, cried, decide, lied, mentioned, moaned, mumbled, murmured, nagged, noted, notified, objected, ordered, pleaded, pointed out, preyed, predicted, question, reassured, related, repeated, replied, responded, requested, stated, revealed, roared, ruled, scold, scream, shouted, shrieks, snaps, teared, sobs, stammered, storm, suggested, taunted, thought, told, urged, uttered, vowed, wailed, warns.

When you’re using dialogue, when there are two characters speaking to each other please pay attention the punctuation. Use the free version of Grammerly to help you with this.

Another important area are transitions. Think of some other transitions that might relate to time. If you had a whole bunch of events you were talking about, how could you help your reader get from one event to the next. If it’s happening right now, immediately, immediately afterward. There are so many transitions that can be used to make the writing stronger.

If you wish you may start your story with a prompt where you may begin it in a way that suits you.  EX: in the village of, or town or city. Then write the name of the character that you’ve chosen. The rest of your first paragraph you’re going to do the introduction, you’re going to give us the setting, taking a moment to close your eyes, picture what you’re seeing. If you use your five senses when you write it really helps to create that picture. Rather than just telling, your showing.

You’re showing so if you’re thinking about the forest where he lives, think about naming a few of the flowers, you might see or the different kinds of trees, the vines that are dangling down from the ceiba tree, something like that.

If you’re describing what he’s wearing, he lives in the forest so his clothes are not going to be all ironed and starched and cleanly washed. If you describe what he’s wearing, his coffee stained shirt was tattered and torn, tucked into pants that were to short, his boots caked in mud. You can picture that it’s real.

Your first paragraph if you could have at least five or six sentences that are giving the who of the character traits of the character you’ve chosen. Where you would see this character, where you would find them, and a little bit about what they do in the setting where they live. Pretend your reader has no idea who any of these are, they have never heard of them ever. Begin writing and just enjoy it have fun with it

How To Create A Great Character

What makes a great character? This is a very open-ended question for which there is no one answer. Your characters have to be likeable. The trait that every good character shares is that they engage the audience in the story that’s being told and by extension of that they are interesting. This is what it comes down to, can you make this character interesting.

Here is a way to create interesting characters. When it comes to creating a strong character there are three qualities that must be addressed: likability, competency, and activity.

Likability: how much will the audience like this character?
Competency: how good are they at what they do?
Activity: how much do they persevere?

Additional questions to ask.
Do they affect the plot or does the plot affect them?
Would you enjoy having a conversation with that character in real life?

Two rules you need to understand:
1) your character must be good in at least one of these areas of likeability, competency or activity.
2) they cannot be good at all 3.

The reason why is when you do that you create a flawless character they have no fundamental character flaws. The lower they rank in these factors, the more numerous and fundamental their flaws. If you have too many flaws, they may cease to be an interesting character.