This article has inspired me to get back into regular blogging. It is hard to fit it in sometimes, but worth it.
no one said becoming a published author is easy!
(Did you miss me? After the craziness of the Distress Signals month-long blogging bonanza, I decided to give you all a month off from me. Well, a month and a bit. Also, since I last blogged WordPress have hidden the ‘justify paragraph’ button from me and it is driving. Me. CUCKOO. I can’t even look at this left-aligned. Oh my God. Deep breaths. Wait! Keyboard shortcuts! YES. Okay. It’s all okay. Everything’s going to be okay. Breathe… Okay. Anyway.)
As of February 1, this little blog is a staggering SEVEN years old. One of the first posts I published on here was a tongue-in-cheek How To Write A Novel in 37 Easy Steps. So, seven years and a bit on, and to break my post-blogging-bonanza fast, I’ve decided to update that – or rather, continue it.
How To Get Published in Just 50 Easy Steps!
- Decide, aged 8, that you…
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Love stories offer most powerful tool for creating character arc and taking reader on journey
What a thrill to attend Michael Hauge’s story writing workshop at the recent RWA conference. Apparently, we were the biggest audience he’s ever had for a presentation on writing – and we loved it!
For those of you who don’t know much about Michael – he’s a screen-writer and writing/screen coach who works in Hollywood and has consulted on many of the major HW films in the past decades.
Michael covered a lot in our all-day session. Starting with some clips from some movies he used to illustrate his messages. So what were some of his messages?
Some of those that resonated with me were:
You need to create an emotional experience for your reader or watcher
You need to transport the reader/watcher into the world you’ve created
Your goal as a writer is to elicit emotion in the reader
So how do we do that?
Michael went into a lot of detail about main characters, their outer motivations and their inner journey. I will cover more about that in my next few blog posts as there’s a lot to take in. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with another of my favourite quotes from the workshop
Stories are a participatory experience. People read novels not because it is interesting to see what happens, but as an emotional journey to experience for themselves.