[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Until you know who you are, you can’t write. -Salman Rushdie. [/perfectpullquote]
Writing a mystery novel is challenging. It demands a keen sense for plot, characterization and creating suspense. A story that actively engages readers in solving the mystery (or in trying to piece together the narrative threads) needs at least 7 elements.
We’ve heard it countless times: show, don’t tell. Sounds simple, right? Wrong. There are a myriad of choices a writer has to make in order to “show” and not “tell” a scene. Writers are often told they need to show, which in essence means to create visual scenes the reader can “watch” unfold as they read.
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When you’re writing a story, know that often simple and elegant is better than complex.
Let’s be honest. Plot development is not always fun. Sometimes it’s really hard. Sometimes, your story gets stuck in a rut, backed into a corner, or just gets flat and boring.
Creating characters to populate your novel or screenplay is a lot of fun. You get to devise different backgrounds and opinions and alliances and secrets and all kinds of interesting stuff that brings the cast to life. But you can have the most detailed character sketches and richly drawn cast ever, and your story could still fall flat. How? It all comes down to how your characters react.
Here’s a brief summary of the story. Arthur is given a class assignment to write a story. Any kind of story. Arthur knows exactly what he wants to write about—when he got his puppy.
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These days, everyone is writing movies. Including novelists. Not screenplays, mind you, but even if you’ve never touched a Celtx program and will never see your story on the big screen, you’re still writing movies.
There are several significant days in a screenwriter’s life. There’s the phone call. Your first big paycheck. Your first day on a movie set. The day your movie premieres.
Can you always spot the difference between someone who is acting and real life? Or between scripted dialogue, improvisation and genuine conversation?
Without fashion, the movie industry would all be making pornos (or at least nudist documentaries). Clothes are so integral to our daily lives that we don’t often think about all the different aspects of how they can affect how we do our jobs.
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In this two part series, I want to share some insights to help you understand how to establish a foundation that will set your book up for success, and build upon that foundation with strategies to sell more books.