31 October 2008

Writing Tip for Today

A favourite trick of mine, I thought I would share....

Writer's Block? 


Have a look at the first line of the three novels closest to you.....

Consider - What do they have in common - or not?

Now write your first line - in the style of all or none.....

Consider - why had the author chosen the original opening line?  if you know the novel well - what were they trying to achieve - do you think?    Your opinion here, no right or wrong answer...

Now refer back to your first line - would this work for your line? 

Still stuck?  well you shouldn't be - you have just written something !! so make it bigger...expand.....

write a series of lines if that helps....until something strikes you as gold....

If all else fails, pick up your novels again and read... writing can wait until another day.  One thing I have learned is that you can't force inspiration.

hugs
Shani


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1 comment:

Chris said...

Good idea! Lots to be said for learning from the masters.