A writer's life can get messy. With your pile of supplies mixed in with your crumpled papers, your desk/office can start to look like an F5 tornado went through it. It's for this reason that we writer's need a little organization in our lives. And what better way to organize, than to get storage supplies at a discount. Click here to check it out yourself.
How to Destroy Your Initial Idea (& Make Your Story Better) by Guest
There are few comments more deflating than when your readers agree that your 25-page story “really begins on page 24.” We’ve worked hard on those first 23 pages. They’re honed and crafted and have a lot of good lines in them. And now we’re supposed to believe they’re a mere prelude to the real story? Sometimes the answer is yes.
At such times, we must remember that we wouldn’t have achieved the real start of the story if we hadn’t written what came before. Our initial premise led us to literary gold, even though now it must be discarded. I had this experience with a story I wrote a few years ago. It concerns a mother and daughter who are lost in Los Angeles, far from their Ohio home. I worked hours on extended dialogues between the characters and took great pains to deliver the exposition in an unobtrusive way. I had conceived the story much like a play, focusing on subtle shifts of character as the mother and daughter conversed. Near the end, two rough-looking guys enter the doughnut shop where the story takes place. My plan was to have a brief encounter with the men and for the foursome to leave together at the end. Several readers said they felt the story spark to life when the two guys enter. But that was at the end! This was a Beckett-like story of tightly woven dialogue, not some tale of women being picked up by truckers. Hel-loo. Tightly woven Beckett-like dialogue here. You folks are missing the point.
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I have been a member of The Writer's Circle's Facebook page for a while now. I have always loved their posts. Posts that range from writing tips to author quotes to adaptations and more. My favorite are the scanned documents on word choice, lists of words writer's can use instead of "look", "walk", go", etc. But this is only the cake.
What makes this Facebook page great is the website that accompanies it, the icing on the cake. I have to say, until now, I had never visited the website. I though the Facebook page was enough so I never bothered to see about a website. How stupid was I. The great thing about the website is that it provides completely different information from the Facebook page making it a wealth of knowledge all on its own.
Here are just a few things you can get on this website. When you have time, I say peruse the site. You might just find something to help you along in your writing.
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Let's talk about desktop accessories. This could be anything from binder clips to tape to a dictionary and thesaurus (two books every writer should have). Desktop accessories can help make sure you have everything you need to write and/or finish that project and the Dollar Tree has a great supply. Click here to check it out yourself.
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