Whether you are a seasoned, an intermediate, or a new writer that has just started getting your feet wet and you do not know Author Kristen Lamb; you must get to know her, and she has a great blog you can follow in order to become acquainted: (https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com). Kristen Lamb is the #1 best-selling author of We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me,Writer. Kristen is quite witty. If you’re anything like me, you tend to tune in and retain more from those who are witty and know what they are talking about.
Let’s face it, the writing industry is confusing, and especially if you do not have a background in English, Journalism, or Communication. If you are reading about your craft, and hopefully you are, as well as reading other writer’s books, blogs, etc., the terminology, method of putting a story/novel together can be overwhelming. Writing a novel is much like putting a puzzle together. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well, let me tell you, it is not. Like pieces of a puzzle, there are pieces of a novel and if you fail to put the pieces in the right order, your novel will not work. You may be scratching your head, rolling your eyes and thinking what I’m writing is psychobabble fluff, but I promise you it’s not.
Let’s talk about some of the confusing write-speak just briefly. When it comes to writing, if you are any kind of writer, you get plot easily enough, hopefully. But what do you know about log-lines? The characters sound easy enough, but there are many elements to your characters too. The emotional connections, and the distinct wounds, and how do you tie these problems and dramatic events to your characters? What about generating story tension and timing the introduction with your characters and their problems/wounds? There are many pieces, but the timing for introducing these pieces is critical to GOOD writing.
I am traveling; the truth is I am camping and I am without the luxury of my 24 hour Wi-Fi, so I am remiss in re-blogging Kristen’s excellent blog post, Generating Page-Turning Momentum—Characters & The Wound. Unfortunately, there was a give-a-way that accompanied this blog post that expired on July 31st, 2015. Personally, I believe the blog itself is a give-a-way. Kristen’s blog lays it ALL out better and more concisely than I’ve yet to see it laid out. It was a great refresher for me. Anyway—read, giggle and take notes. I guarantee Kristen’s blog will allay some of the confusion that writer’s encounter.
Can we answer the question, “What is your book about?” in one sentence. Is our answer clear and concise? Does it paint a vivid picture of something others would want to part with time and money to read? Plot is important, but a major component of a knockout log-line is casting the right characters.
Due to popular demand I am running my Your Story in a Sentenceclass in about two weeks and participants have their log lines shredded and rebuilt and made agent-ready. Log-lines are crucial because if we don’t know what our book is about? How are we going to finish it? Revise it? Pitch it? Sell it?
Once we have an idea of what our story is about and have set the stage for the dramatic events that will unfold, we must remember that fiction is about PROBLEMS. Plain and simple…
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