A short Article on Writing Tips.
While I am by no means an expert on the subject, I have written a romance novel, Front Row Center, which won the IPPY Award. I will share in a series of short articles what I have learned in the uphill climb to completing a novel.
We all have a story in us, whether it is a short story, fiction or non-fiction book. First you need to determine who your audience is. Are you writing for your own enjoyment, or is there a message you want to send to others that will be entertaining and/or informative? Second, is your subject interesting enough to get the attention of the all important reader, to decide to read what you’ve written? And, third, what voice will you write in? First or third person? In first person you only have one point of view and is used for most non-fiction writers, and limits the development of other characters. Third person will allow more development of various characters as you can explore their thoughts and points of view.
Once you have answered these questions, consider how you will draw the reader in. The beginning of every captivating story requires a hook—that all compelling first sentence that grabs the attention of others. It can be a statement, question or the beginning of dialogue. Take time to craft this first sentence. It is your introduction, the gateway to your story and gives the reader an idea of the subject or adventure that will unfold.
Some authors use a formal outline for their writing, I do not. I think out my plot in my mind. I find an outline stifles my thought process, though I know it shouldn’t. Other authors find an outline to be a must so they don’t get lost in their story. The choice is yours; there are no hard and fast rules. What works for you is what’s best. Some writers use a digital recorder to record their thoughts when away from their computers—you never know when a creative thought will strike. I have done that as well, though I tend to bounce ideas off my husband as to plot twists and turns.
I hope you have enjoyed my introduction to writing. I will share more suggestions in future articles.
Write and let that story out!
Cynthia B Ainsworthe started writing in high school, and was told by her professor in college she had great writing talent, when he gave her an A+++ for a term paper. Her novel. Front Row Center, which won an IPPY award, was inspired by her favorite singing idol, (hint -- he's in her picture) and she has also written a short story to be published in an anthology of short stories.
Front Row Center -- Their attraction was electric, their affair explosive, and their love ---devastating to the lives of others!
Front Row Center takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of love and romance, with plenty of ups and downs, twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages. Sequel books are planned to follow.