A couple of years ago, I was reading an essay a friend of mine wrote for a well-known newspaper.
I thought, “i can do that.” I went home, pulled out an old story I wrote; I polished it up and sent it to The New Standard, http//www.thenewstandardonline.com.
I was thrilled when the editor decided to put my piece on the front page. I’ve been writing for them ever since.
I’ve attended writer’s conferences, taken online classes, read about writing, and practiced my craft every day. I consider blogging another way, to practice my craft.
One of the books that really helped me write non-fiction is called A Writers Guide to Nonfiction by Elizabeth Lyon. The book turned into my Bible. I will still open it up, and refer to it. It gave me different options that I found useful. .
Now, I’m exploring fiction and a book I’ve found helpful is Immediate Fiction, by Jerry Cleaver.
One thing I immediately liked was Cleaver’s suggestion that any method you use to get where you’re going in your story works. In real life I’m not much of a planner, so when I sit down to write this story, it just comes together on the paper.
Cleaver says that’s okay. Do whatever works for you. We’re so brainwashed in school, that we figure you have to do things “correctly.” I like it when people say, there’s no correct way to do anything. Like it says, in the old Nike commercial, “just do it.”
Cleaver also talks about conflict, action, and resolution. In a fictional story, if everything is happy, you have no story. Okay, this is basic, but for a beginning fiction writer like me that’s helpful to get it drummed into my head. He also demonstrates how to show more than tell. That might be an old piece of advice, but still valuable.
Cleaver describes conflict in terms I can understand.
“Someone is faced with a problem (conflict), he must struggle with (action) and he wins or loses (resolution), writes Cleaver. He also discusses at length how to get the reader to identify with the character, and how to get the characters to show emotion.
There’s a lot of great advice in this book. I only scratched the surface.
If you’re interested in fictional writing I would highly recommend this book. Especially, if you’re the type of person who likes to do things their own way!
Don’t be afraid to follow your passion
Don’t be afraid to follow your passion. So, what if you don’t become rich and famous? It helps you grow. If doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 65. Old passions are easy to reignite.
What I’ve liked the most about the writing experience are the other people I’ve met through writer’s groups, conferences and even online classes.
Don’t limit yourself because you are afraid of what others think.
When you get right down to it, nobody is sitting around judging you. I think we’ve all been judged so much, especially during our school years, that we can’t get out of that way of thinking.
The one person you have to please is yourself.
Since I first started intensely following my passion, I’ve been doing everything I can, to improve my skill.
I have some fictional pieces on http://www.fictionwritersplatform.net, and one piece published in “The Granville Magazine.” “The Columbus Dispatch” also published a piece I did. I still religiously write for “The New Standard.” I’ve only missed one edition.
I was shocked at how easily I could think up topics. No problem. I’ve read tons of books on writing, and I want to share one with you
IMy question: What is your passion, and how have you grown? If you are a writer, do you have any other recommendations for exploring Fiction Writing.
- The Joy Of Writing Flash Fiction (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)
- Note 327 – Are you a fiction or non-fiction writer? (mywritingnotebook.com)
- I’ve been posting these in the wrong blog… (scarvesandcigarettes.wordpress.com)
- The Difference Between Writing Fiction and Writing Nonfiction, and (DRAFTING): The Rainbow (caridwen.wordpress.com)
- Border Crossings: Fiction and the Literature of Fact (brevity.wordpress.com)
- Are Fiction Writers Capable of Freelancing? (nfaa.wordpress.com)