This process is comparable to producing something delectable in the kitchen–any ingredient that you put into your bowl of dough impacts your finished loaf of bread.
To create a perfect loaf, you must balance ingredients baked for the correct amount of time and enhanced with the right polishing glaze.”Your job, as a writer of short fiction–whatever your beliefs–is to put complex personalities on stage and let them strut and fret their brief hour.
General Creative Writing Tips [ Poetry | Fiction ]Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction.
A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book.
So close your eyes and picture your characters within desert, jungle, or suburb–whichever setting shaped them.
Imagining this helps balance location and characterization.
John sat up and took a deep breath, knowing that his confrontation with Mary had to come now, or it would never come at all. ” he stammered haltingly, staring vulnerably at the tattered Thomas the Tank Engine slippers Mary had given him so many years ago, in happier times.
Setting moves readers most when it contributes to an organic whole.
“We are already maxed out on our credit cards.”The second example is mechanically correct, since it uses a separate paragraph to present each speaker’s turn advancing the conversation.
But the narrative material between the direct quotes is mostly useless.