Greetings, Reading Friends and New Subscribers! This is David Telbat to share about 3 lessons learned from writing experts. A writer’s craft is always developing, and my own is definitely no exception. I often brush up on other writers’ tips and advice on the eve of a novel’s final revision to ensure I’m straight on the latest conventions. Are you a writer? I hope so. What a joy it is to write for the Lord! Below are bits of writing advice gleaned from my stockpile of articles in—
3 Lessons Learned from Writing Experts
1. Characters must want something. This first principle is from Victoria Grossack, who used to write a column called “Crafting Fabulous Fiction” for Writing-World.com. I found her advice on “increasing the wants of your characters” to be exceptionally helpful in the final edit of my novels, such as Dark Vessel. When my characters are developed fully in their wants and goals, they are better differentiated one from another, and the dimension is elevated for the whole story. Thank you, Victoria! [You can still find a wealth of her past articles on writing here.]
2. Create an emergency. Next, Maureen Pratt’s ideas on “immediacy” have transformed the way I imagine my sentences before writing them. She suggested writing like the reader has only sixty seconds to read my writing—all the time. Will my writing “hook” readers more with this mindset? I hope so! Thank you, Maureen! [I’ve followed Maureen’s writing advice on the Christian Authors Network.]
3. Dialogue on fire. Randy Ingermanson writes a monthly article called Advanced Fiction Writing, which is for anyone serious about developing the writing craft. Some time ago, he talked about how “dialogue is war.” Dialogue should not be dull, but fiery and provoking. If it’s boring, toss it and rewrite. Thanks for the teaching, Randy, and for making me laugh. [Subscribe to Randy’s monthly e-zine here.]
So, whether you’re a writer, or you’re just checking out what I’m reading so you know I’ll be giving you the best story possible, I hope you’ve grown a little from this mine of good writing advice. The three writers above offer invaluable writing tips. Check them out!
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