It is your business to write what other people think but don’t say. Go for the throat.
Start with anything that bothers you – be honest, be angry.
Remember how people react to a car accident. Highways choke up as drivers slow down to gawk. It comes as no surprise that news programmes concentrate on bad news first. That’s what interests readers.
Good stories question the status quo. In Romeo and Juliet two teenagers question the status quo of their two families at war.
Story is built from your characters’ goals and ambitions changed by circumstance and connected by one unifying theme.
If nothing is perfect so why should you be? Have fun – there is nothing wrong in painting a mediocre picture or writing a poor story. Forget the mistakes and enjoy the process. You can always make it better on the rewrite.
So strive for excellence, not perfection. Excellence is obtainable, healthy and rewarding. Conquer procrastination by maintaining your enthusiasm and by taking one step at a time.
We are dealing with a sympathetic character (the hero) who has to overcome a series of increasingly difficult, seemingly insurmountable obstacles and achieve a compelling desire (or knowledge).
It consists of assiduously asking three simple questions:
What does the hero want?
What hinders her from getting it?
What happens if she does not get it?
Take a novel by a favourite writer and copy out of three or four pages just to get the fingers and thoughts moving.
Remember: life is simple. All you have to do is ‘follow through’.
Mask your fear of failure. Write down your reasons for writing this book. If the book feels too large, then divide and conquer.
Alternatively, you could practice doing nothing… see what a bore it is.
The word is Action.
To discover the truth of a matter, be independent of opinions. Opinions can always be argued whereas a fact can never be denied.