Along the way I’ve written about my learning journey, but who wants to read what I have to say? We should all follow Rowling or King. Some other good ones are Kristen, the ladies in New Hampshire, Writer Unboxed, Blake Snyder’s old Save The Cat, nano fiction with Rochelle, and my favorite New Zealander.
Sick Of Stumbling Through Scenes?
Take Two Books And Call Me Tomorrow
Over on Scribophile, a common refrain is how to balance things in a scene – and they usually list dialog, description and action. For some reason they almost never list thoughts and sensations.
I wrote my entire first draft, all 84 scenes with only the most rudimentary understanding of scene construction, stuff I’d learned in Jack Bickham’s Scene and Structure, but I didn’t know what I was doing from one scene to the next. Then I discovered two books that changed my entire writing approach.
Libraries Have All The Answers
If We Look
Tons of books live there. And I can look at all of them, free of charge. All I have to do is go.
I learned the trick of going to the library from one of those how-to-write-books books. I was reading about some part of writing and the author suggested I look at books I’d read to study how the author did something or another. Continue reading
Critiquing A Fish Out Of Water
What on earth does that even mean?
Over on Scribophile, we are all wanna-be writers, posting our work for others to read so they can tell us how
wonderful our story is much work our story needs. And it generally helps to have readers in your genre help you.
So What’s Wrong With Head-Hopping?
Over on Scribophile, one of the groups I follow devotes itself to studying Point of View, or POV.
But, what the heck is Point of View?
Forgive me for resorting to film examples. Imagine filming a scene where the camera substitutes for the actor, experiences only what our POV actor encounters. Robert Montgomery filmed Lady In The Lake using this technique. Watch it to see why it’s not commonly done in film.
When They Really Didn’t Want My Critique
And it left me to wondering what to do with people who ask for help…but really want validation of what they’d already decided to do.
Dream Opening to my Story?
Over on Scribophile, a writer is working on his first draft and wanted our thoughts on whether he should start his story with a dream.
Just on the off-chance you’ve never hung around a writer’s site, never, never, never ask this question. You might come away so scarred you never ask another. If that’s not enough, know this. Agents and publishers hate dream openings. Chances are very high they will toss your story in the discard pile as soon as they realize it’s a dream Continue reading