Writing Tips and Styles
We shouldn’t spend too much energy trying to figure why we write, or paint or sculpt…. But, when it comes to story-telling, I have found that the best stories are those one feels strongly must be told – something so compelling it engages the writer first. The writer is, after all the first reader – having seen or felt something in the reality of a fleeting moment then, in the course of time, trying to recapture it so as to present it to the world. The subject matter must be worthy of not only the writer’s time but of any reader’s time. This should be a cardinal rule for all artistic endeavor. It must somehow be worthy of a busy person’s time – a chip, a chunk of their life. And the subject matter need not be of a weighty moral challenge, something that exposes some ill practice or atrocity. It can be something diverting, something fun to read, something that might bring a smile to someone’s otherwise sad face. But not silly. That’s my two cents – never silly or inane. Life is too precious to spend time dabbling in non-sense.
Related to the above, I have noticed that those just beginning have little staying power at the keyboard. Fiction writing seems to require a great deal of energy, physical and mental energy. To remain at the keyboard for enough time to complete a task, in a timely fashion, most of us need to build up the “muscle” power to chisel out a story. Fiction writing is much more complex than expository writing. Any story-telling effort brings with it a deep and multi-layered set of elements or strata. First, one must have a good grasp of basic grammar. They must have an adequate vocabulary. But then, from scene to scene, the writer must keep in mind not only the basic writing tools, but the chosen setting; the character-building which, in itself, includes developing a distinct voice for each character, their individual backgrounds, how they all interact and why. As a writer works they need to know why they form this aspect or that aspect of character and plot. Besides keeping these balls in the air a writer, in the process of creating, must keep straight in their mind the plot as planned and as so far developed (together with unforeseen choices in plot direction). The plot must be logical, i.e., it must adhere to believability and if not, why? Has something fantastical been properly “set up” or foreshadowed. Also, the plot, as it splays out to support the characters, will, hopefully, present the writer with some thematic elements, whether planned or unplanned. Don’t miss your own lightning bolts. Then there’s the ending – the “final exam” of your efforts.
All these elements are right there at the tip of the fingers as they tap out a story. It takes a lot of energy and one must have a story worth telling to develop the writing muscle to work at it every day.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Book Title: The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart
Author: Ronald J. Wichers
Category: Adult Fiction, 264 pages
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Biographical
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: April 26, 2017
Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13 + M
What if you married a man who didn’t care about you? What if there was a child in the neighborhood for whom you developed a special fondness but was nine when you were nineteen and twenty when you were thirty with two children and a husband who still didn’t care? And what if you were a boy whose only happy memories were a few soft words uttered now and again by a beautiful neighbor ten years your senior and whose voice and face and figure, back-lighted by the golden light of the setting sun, were all that would sustain you when your life was threatened every minute of every day in the mire of a squalid war nobody wanted?
This is the story of Jacqueline and Tommy, their lives stubbornly paralleling with no convergence in sight until one cold night she sees him starving to death on a crowded street filled with happy tourists.
What would you do if you saw him there almost unrecognizable, just another mass of neglected, invisible wreckage? Turn the pages of The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart and find out what happened to Jacqueline Rhondda and Tommy Middleton.
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