Monday, 19 May 2008

Writing Tips - Delete and feel better for it!

Tell Me a Story - writing tip

I was recently asked whether I spent more time on the start of the story, the middle or the end. I had to admit I really squirm over the start. The whole story has to be good of course or there will be nothing, but the start of your story has to be more than good, it has to be brilliant. It has to hook the reader.

The secret to a good start is to cut it out. Learn how and why on my Redgage article


Right Write - 8 Cool Tips To Invoke Emotion
Story Brief - Balance, Proportion And Plot
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1 comment:

Andy Shackcloth said...

I have a strange relationship with the delete key.

When something is not working, I will often delete not just the offending paragraph but also the two adjacent paragraphs.

Often the rewrite is a paragraph smaller and contains more.

Weird the way your brain works.

Of course, this is not as brave as it at first sounds, what with me being secure in the knowledge that the undo button lurks at the top of my screen.

Bye the way, good post, particularly the section about deleting the start. Best time to write the start of your story?

At the end.