It depends on the genre.
In an all-action thriller focused on pace and plot, everyone but the key players can be wafer-thin. They’re disposable.
The same is often true of detective fiction, even the quality sort. In John Dickson Carr’s famous ‘locked room’ mysteries, the only rounded character is the sleuth, Gideon Fell, and he’s larger than life.
You want to write.
But you’re not sure if that makes you a writer.
And you don’t just want to be any kind of writer; you want to become a good writer.
It’s an exciting goal, but what’s the pathway?
How to you get there?
We’ve collected 50 inspiring quotes from writers for you. These writers share their experience of how to become a good writer.
Have you been sitting in front of your computer for what feels like hours?
You know the feeling.
Typing a few words, deleting them, groaning in frustration, getting a couple of sentences down only to decide they’re not quite right…
You’re about ready to tear your hair out.
You recognize what’s happening, of course. Your inner perfectionist is rearing its obnoxious head,
So you want to become a better writer?
It’s a noble ambition.
Writing is a demanding craft and if you want to get better, you must practice every part of the craft.
If you’re writing fiction, for example, you’re probably more concerned with telling a great story than the copywriter who lies awake at night worrying about call-to-actions.
But, what if you want to improve your fiction writing skills,
Take a look at the image above.
What’s the story?
Can you come up with a mini-drama of not more than 350 words?
Here’s how it works:
Now for the ground rules:
Of course not.
But a structure itself is not a plot.
A structure is a Holiday Inn. A plot is a Gaudi cathedral. It has twists, turrets, flying buttresses…
So how do we find a plot?
The instinctive way is to start with a strong idea, incident or character. Introduce conflict. Then see what happens.