photo by thedreamcontinued
It is the day that the new Indiana Jones movie premieres nationwide. And it’s bringing a rush of memories to the surface.
I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Drive-In theater. I had just got my driver’s license, and was on a date. There were two showings of Raiders, and in between was Popeye starring Robin Williams. I’m still trying to figure that combo out.
This is an article from Dakota State University I found a year ago. It is simple, yet a fantastic reminder for the experienced writer, and a great cheat sheet for the beginner. Enjoy!
Fiction writers learn to write by writing. Although writing is an art, there are skills, tools, and techniques that can be learned in order to develop talent. And constructive criticism and feedback can help this process.
To be a good writer you need to read a lot, listen and observe everything about you carefully, and write a lot. Writing a lot takes discipline, because writing can actually be hard work- but very satisfying. Setting up a routine for writing is important; it is very easy to find something else to do besides writing. A compulsion to write is very useful.
Fiction writers should have a good grasp of the language, but most of all they must be storytellers. A really good story can compensate for less-than-brilliant writing, but brilliant writing will not save a bad story.
Readers of fiction want very much to find the writer’s work to be believable. It is the task of the writer to produce a story that does not jolt the reader into recognizing that the narrative is just the writer talking, just fiction. The writer should write about what he or she already knows through experience or can learn about through research. The narrative should read as if the writer really knows what he or she is writing about.
Just to give you a taste of what we’re doing on the Artifact Project, below is a link to an excerpt from Chapter Three, written by thedreamcontinued…please, enjoy it!
Chapter Three Excerpt
As a writer, what is the one thing you need to do on a regular basis?
A) Purchase family-sized aspirin to battle the headaches of hanging participles and foul critiques.
B) Tell everyone what a tremendous talent you are, and let them know they can go to H-E-double toothpicks if they don’t like your stuff!
C) Write, write, write!
Well, A and B are attractive, but C is the correct, albeit obvious, answer.
You have to find a way to write everyday. It doesn’t have to be the great american novel, but it has to be something.
A series of short 500 word stories. A poem. A limerick. A biography. A joke. A script. A play. Even a personal journal.
It just has to be something that consistently expands your mind…
My favorite venue for a writing outlet is Fanlib.com. It’s one of many sites that allows fans of almost anything to write about their favorite characters. It lets them finish the stories that TV and film left hanging. It let’s them go where they wished their favorite author had traveled. I highly recommend a visit to Fanlib.
My parting words today? Pick up a pen, right now, and write something silly.