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As previously mentioned in my blog, I subscribe to and recommend the newsletter – “Write To Done”. Recently, I came upon some information in this newsletter that can help writers increase their storytelling skills. And, who can’t use that insight? It is written by Michael Bay – who is known for writing modern classics such as Bad Boys, Armageddon, and Transformers.
Here are some guidelines that are inspired by his signature techniques for elevating a story:
Start things off with an awesome explosion: Whether it’s a thriller, sci-fi, or even romance, Act I of the story needs to be impressive enough to make the reader want more. Its purpose is to engage the reader and to set the tone of the story. Entice the reader with the opening line and continue to hook the reader by giving a taste of the excitement and drama to come. Make the reader salivate for Act II.
Use sexy characters (even if she’s a car mechanic or an internet hacker): Every character has the potential to be interesting, particularly the supporting characters. Don’t fall into the trap of making flat one-dimensional characters if they’re not the lead hero. Do your homework and flesh out your characters as real people rather than commonplace characters and stereotypes. If they’re not interesting, you’re not paying attention.
Throw in more awesome explosions: Keep the reader engaged by continually increasing the stakes as the story develops. If you make the story linear, it becomes predictable. Create an unpredictable ride by adding more obstacles and escalating the stakes as the story progresses.
Put Planet Earth in danger: Raise the stakes to the highest level by ultimately putting the world at risk. This world can be everything within the hero’s sphere of interest, or simply the world inside the character’s head. Wherever you draw the boundaries, make sure it’s significant enough with respect to the character.
There’s never enough awesome explosions: A character arc is the growth of the character along the story. Use powerful events with the character to shape the arc. The peak of the arc is the revelation, where the character experiences the most significant transformation. Dramatic change can only happen as a result of dramatic events.
According to Jerry Cleaver, author of Immediate Fiction, the components of a story are simple: CONFLICT + ACTION + RESOLUTION = STORY. The reader will follow the story to find out what actions the hero takes to attain resolution, but both components rely on conflict to be meaningful. To control the tension, control the conflict. Don’t be afraid to increase the tension to make the story more compelling.
Make for a fantastic ending: Every great story has an ending worthy enough to make the story resonate well after the last word was read. Don’t settle with just tying up loose ends; draw out the tension and sacrifice everything as your exclamation point! Make the experience worth the reader’s time and give a finale that the story deserves.
This is a guest post from Al at 7P Productions.
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To help me decide which type of book I’ll write…let me break down the subcategories:
*mystery/suspense…a “who did it” kind of book. These are fun to read, but I don’t want to write one now.
*romance…as popular as these are, they’re just not my cup o’tea…I’d rather have the real thing…:)
*biography…I don’t enjoy reading what others say about someone. I like only the facts from “the horse’s mouth”. So, no thanks.
*Personal essay (autobiography)….a true life’s story from “the horse’s mouth”. Right up my alley.
*Textbooks…enjoyable (what?!), but not now.
*History…I don’t have anything in mind for this. So…no go.
*How to….already writing these. For my book writing project, though, not now.
Guess which category/type I’ve chosen….for my book writing…..:)
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Greetings everyone! We all have a story to tell. So, I figured I would start a blog to journalize my book writing experience. In addition to helping myself keep on track, my blog is intended to help other future book writers.