So you want to be a writer? Or maybe you’re already a writer, but can’t seem to get that novel written? Or you’ve written a few books, but the thrill is gone. Is there a trick, you wonder, to writing a great book, or even finishing a so-so book? Why, yes—there are three tricks, actually, that veteran writers like me keep top secret (shhhh!):
The list probably isn’t the romantic, idealistic answer you were hoping for, but I wrote this book with the idea of dispensing daily inspiration to get you to think about your story—and to write. Because I know from experience your motivation will give out before your imagination will. This book is structured to ease you through the life-cycle of creating a full-length novel, from broad stroke advice and self-evaluating questions, to more specific tips when you get to the planning and writing stages. I’ve also included pitfalls to avoid, lessons I’ve learned and techniques to help you manage your writing time.
If you like guarantees, writing isn’t for you. That said, if you write a novel and put it out into the universe, I guarantee you will:
And that’s cool. Ready? Let’s do this. ~
In this observation exercise, you’ll make something happen. Look for a chance to insert yourself into a situation in an unobtrusive, unthreatening way. If you see someone drop something, pick it up and return it to them. Offer someone your seat on the train. Smile at someone you pass on the sidewalk. Ask someone for a pen. Watch how the dynamics change as the people around you react to you. Do they ignore you? Welcome you? Reciprocate? Act indifferent? This exercise seems too simple because after all, insertion is what we do every day when we walk out the door, or send an email, or make a phone call. But rarely do we stop to think about how our actions cause reactions or set something in motion, the results of which we might never see.
The insertion exercise makes you more aware of how your characters are supposed to influence and impact each other in big and small ways. Share your experience on Facebook.
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