Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Finding A Story Plot

Tell Me a Story - About Plots

AJ, can you tell me the secret of unearthing a decent plot. I've been striving to find one but am getting nowhere?

Hello Amy. Thank you for the message. If you're astonishingly blessed, a plot might come to you fully fashioned – but don’t hold your breath. This seldom happens – all right, we've all heard that Stephenie Meyer claims to have done it, but don't count on it happening for you.... Don’t lose hope though, there are other ways. Try these appetizers.
  • Look to advice columns in magazines; they can be a source of ideas for stories.
  • Check the blurb on the jackets of books in your category and fashion them into your own. Don’t steal a complete plot though; just use the blurb to kick-start your own. Plagiarism is very frowned upon.
  • Read the Personal Columns in newspapers. They can be a fertile supply of plots and ideas.
  • Check the Obituaries column. As morbid as it seems, there might just be something in there that triggers your imagination.
  • Think of ‘maturing’ a bedtime story - the plot can perhaps be brought bang up to date.
  • Fables, folklore, and fairy tales, also offer a rich fund of plots that can be adapted.
  • Take an already published story, reorganise the plot, make male characters female, play a what-if game with it, and maybe you’ll start ideas rolling.
One thing further, don’t expect to find a unique plot. There’s little likelihood of finding one after all these years. Just settle for a damn good, well-written story.

Romantic Suspense

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Just About Write

Tell Me a Story - Just About Write

Okay, so I'm indulging in a spot of self-promotion again. Here's a link to a free extract from my book about creative writing, Just About Write - available on Kindle for the INCREDIBLY LOW introductory price of 99 cents USA or 70p UK

Romantic Suspense

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Writing From Experience

Tell Me A Story - Writing Tips

Using Feelings
Instead of taking events directly from your life as the basis for a story, think feelings.

A Touch of Emotion
Sometimes it can be better to use the emotions produced by an experience as a premise for a novel, rather than writing about the circumstance itself. The outcome can become an intense story because you have already broached those emotional boundaries and understand them.

Too Close for Comfort
Sometimes you can be simply too close to an incident if it happened to you.  It can distort your writing if you try to capture it. However, you can use the perceptions, and tap into the dynamism of the experience. You can develop it, push the frontier of emotions, and the result can be a smash hit.

Weaving Passion
To breathe life into a story, I generally recommend new writers to weave passions into it, rather than actions. Use your own emotional experiences as a pillar and who knows, you could have the next best-seller.

Romantic Suspense

Friday, 11 March 2011

Romantic Suspense

Romantic Suspense

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