Writing Secrets

When you don’t have that all-important idea and you don’t know how to start. What do you do?

Clue Number One: You don’t have to go looking for ideas…they’re always there…just waiting for you to make contact.

Usually, they appear as passing thoughts.

But when an idea pops into your head, grab it with both hands and just run with it.

Thoughts may appear to be random, but they are gifts…like little seeds that are just waiting to be cultivated.

Clue Number Two: Your best ideas usually appear when you least expect them to.

A few words will pop into your head, but that’s enough to get you started.

Words are the magic wands of creative people.

Don’t dilly-dally when an idea appears. Just start playing around to see where it goes.

Get that first sentence right.

That’s the tricky part. It tells the reader what they’re in for.

It might take a while to knock an idea into shape…but play around with until it takes on a life of its own…

A story has a specific energy and it knows where it wants to go.

Follow the clues and the routine that’s in place.

A story must grab a reader’s attention and keep them wanting to know more.

It doesn’t matter whether it is a blog, a book or a movie…it has to sound credible.

A good story travels along interesting or unusual lines.

And it usually has quite a few complications. That’s another reason why a reader wants to know more.

A good story has a drama-laden incident at every turn…and that’s another reason why we love them.



About vgilvarry

Vincent Gilvarry was selected as a finalist in the 2019 Book Excellence Award for his novel...Kashmira: The Snake Charmer's Wife....and in 2020 he received another Book Excellence award for his novel Desperados.

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