CONFLICT IS THE KEY TO HOLDING A READER’S ATTENTION, without it there is no story.
- Never make it easy, there must be a risk factor, something important at stake in order to create tension.
- Conflict must escalate, don’t let up on the main character. There must be complications that grow progressively worse until the climax and resolution.
- Hit the ground running and don’t look back. Your opening should give the reader a feel for the type of story it will be and introduce a conflict. It will likely change as the story progresses but the change will be logical, a result of the actions of the characters.
- A ticking clock never hurts. Give the main character time pressure and the stakes will automatically rise, creating tension.
- Don’t ever pull back. Put your characters to the test. Let the best and the worst come out of them, but always make sure the motivations are clear.
- Motivations must be in keeping with the characters. Make them clear up front and consistent.
SOME WRITING RULES TO FOLLOW
DO NOT WAIT UPON THE MUSE
GET RID OF PERFECTIONIST BLOCK
DON`T FALL IN LOVE WITH YOUR WORDS
COME TO CLASS
READ YOUR WORK OUT LOUD
ATTEND READINGS OR BOOK SIGNINGS
WRITE, WRITE, WRITE !!!
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