Do we always have to create memorable characters?
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.
It’s fair to ask, “What does engineering a novel mean?”
To paraphrase Webster, to engineer is to create and design large structures or new products or systems by using scientific methods.
But writing a novel is art, not science… isn’t it? Many writers develop their novels in ways anything but scientific.
Which isn’t necessarily the right way to go about it.
It’s time for a creative writing exercise! Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, you need to boost your creativity.
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:
Do you need to use a pen name?
There are some important reasons why it’s a good idea.
There are seven reasons why you might choose to use a pen name:
1. Your name is difficult to spell and remember.
For example, you may have a long, hyphenated name or your name is of difficult to pronounce or write in English.
You know you want to write. It’s compulsive.
You find yourself scribbling stories all the time.
Your friends say good things about your work.
So why aren’t you a more successful author?
Don’t feel ashamed to ask yourself that question.
Every writer asks it, even if their books glitter at Amazon.
What you’re best at…sits at the core of your passion.
-Mary Karr, Liar’s Club and Art of the Memoir
Is this the year you’re finally going to write your self-help book or memoir?
Your business book?
Your how-to classic?
Is there a way to know if it’s the right time—or the right year—to start a writing project?
You need a map, protective clothing, hiking boots, food and water.
Oh, and taking a guide along is also useful.
It’s the same with the Great Writing Challenge.
After dusting off your writing dream, you need to make it come true. And for that, you need equipment.
You need the best writing resources.… Read More »