WRITE-IT'S-WEDNESDAY’s posts will be on the subject of writing.
Eyes, ears and smiles, this way? Then we are ready to learn. (Do you think I’m missing the day job yet?)
What is today’s Learning Intention?
Today, we are going to learn how to start on the journey - the voyage called authorship.
My first piece of advice would be about preparation:
- Think about the audience you want to reach.
- The purpose of YOUR story.
- The genre you intend to write
At this point, have I mentioned READING?
This kind of open sea, where with the stars and only a :
- sextant (historical),
- GPS (contemporary),
- divination crystal (fantasy),
- GR - galactographic register (SF)
- true love (romantic fiction)
Typically, in your genre, what happens? Where? Why? To whom? How should your characters typically speak.
You need a reading journal and a pen.
You need to learn how to magpie.
Read lots books in the genre you are interested in writing, analyse them until you do know what typically happens. The typical helps you identify how to conform, but it also helps you work towards what could be your unique selling point.
While you are working out the answers to the questions above, copy the words and phrases you like (or hate) into your writing journal. These make excellent springboards, into your own pool of perfect sentences.
So my first writing tip: make like the magpie. The “collecting bright, shiny objects,” rather than the “attacking weaker creatures and the eggs of other bird’s” behaviour. (Oh, dear take that image to the wrong place: that would be bad, bad writer’s etiquette!)
Magpie! Doff your cap, show respect and borrow the insights and the wisdom of others.
Do you already know what, in your story, will be typical of the genre you are writing?