The Insecure Writers Support Group meets the first Wednesday of the month online so member writes can share and encourage each other. So here goes with my November contribution.
What a way to start a story, right? Engage your reader from the get go. Make them care about what’s happening. Intrigue them, so they will have no choice but to … turn the page.
If you think about it, though, completing a story, be it short, novella length or epic really is as easy as A, B, C …
A is for ACTION! – Get our attention – What is going on?
B is for BACKGROUND – Give us our bearings – Where are we? And when?
C is for CHARACTER – Give us a person (hopefully to care about) – Who are we with?
D is for DILEMMA(S) – Give us and them dilemmas to solve – Why are we here?
E is for ENDING – Eliminate loose ends – How and why were the dilemmas solved?
F is for FORMAT – No fudging allowed – Follow ALL the submission rules.
G is for GET IT OUT, and almost AS important – GO ON TO SOMETHING ELSE.
H is for HANG IN THERE – You WILL have a SALE …
Because, remember this, eventually your manuscript will land in the right place at the right time. And oh the readers you will find when it does!
This post is dedicated to the memory of Barbara Kerns Johnson – at times a writer, teacher, editor, agent, collaborator, but always a friend. The paper burns but the words fly away – Akiba ben Joseph. Safe travels, Barbie.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!
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