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I distrust plot for two reasons: A strong enough situation renders the whole question of plot moot. The most interesting situations can usually be expressed as a What-if question: What if vampires invaded a small New England village?
What if a young mother and her son became trapped in their stalled car by a rabid dog? These were situations which occurred to me - while showering, while driving, while taking my daily walk - and which I eventually turned into books.
In no case were they plotted, not even to the extent of a single note jotted on a single piece of scrap paper. Similes and metaphors - the rights, the wrongs When a simile or metaphor doesn't work, the results are sometimes funny and sometimes embarrassing. Recently, I read this sentence in a forthcoming novel I prefer not to name: My all-time favourite similes come from the hard-boiled-detective fiction of the 40s and 50s, and the literary descendants of the dime-dreadful writers.
These favourites include 'It was darker than a carload of assholes' George V Higgins and 'I lit a cigarette [that] tasted like a plumber's handkerchief' Raymond Chandler.
Well-crafted dialogue will indicate if a character is smart or dumb, honest or dishonest, amusing or an old sobersides. It's also important to remember that no one is 'the bad guy' or 'the best friend' or 'the whore with a heart of gold' in real life; in real life we each of us regard ourselves as the main character, the protagonist, the big cheese; the camera is on usbaby.
If you can bring this attitude into your fiction, you may not find it easier to create brilliant characters, but it will be harder for you to create the sort of one-dimensional dopes that populate so much pop fiction.
There is a kind of unspoken hence undefended and unexamined belief in publishing circles that the most commercially successful stories and novels are fast-paced. Like so many unexamined beliefs in the publishing business, this idea is largely bullshit I suspect that most of them ascribe these books' unexpected success to unpredictable and deplorable lapses into good taste on the part of the reading public.
I believe each story should be allowed to unfold at its own pace, and that pace is not always double time. Nevertheless, you need to beware - if you slow the pace down too much, even the most patient reader is apt to grow restive.
Do the research, but don't overdo it for the reader You may be entranced with what you're learning about flesh-eating bacteria, the sewer system of New York, or the IQ potential of Collie pups, but your readers are probably going to care a lot more about your characters and your story.
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Writing a fantasy novel is great fun – you can, literally, let your imagination run wild. Looking for fantasy writing tips? I'm an author of fantasy and science fiction novels. Here are my creative writing tips for new writers. Getting Started.
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While I claimed that this is the book I would have written if I got my act together to write a book. If you are writing a story for school, the genre may have already been chosen for you. If not, make sure you know the genre, or type of story, you are writing.
Know if your story is a fairytale, fantasy, myth, mystery, horror or other genre. Writing a book is hard work. It’s lonely. Those around you are seldom equipped to offer expert feedback and advice – and, of course, this is a difficult road.