THE ONE THING BETTER THAN GOOD PLOT

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

THE ONE THING BETTER THAN GOOD PLOT

Everyone knows a good story is what sells a book. It presents itself as a premise, and if it delivers on the promises it sets up, boom! It’s a good book, and suddenly everyone is talking about it.

But what if the premise is awesome, the middle pulls you along, the climax ties up all the loose ends, but you still feel like something is missing? What went wrong?

Shrugging gif

Well, it could be any number of things, but this week, we’re focusing on a few things that add up to one big thing.

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HOW TO WRITE A PAGE-TURNER

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

How to Write a Page-Turner

Ah, yes. The allure of perfection. The ability to “do the thing” in such a way that it captivates not just a niche audience, but the whole world. Fame will be yours if you can just “do it right,” “do it the best way.”

Lies.

The fact of the matter is that not everyone likes The Lord of the Rings. Not everyone likes The Name of the Wind. Not everyone likes Harry Potter. And let’s think about that last one—J. K. Rowling was a billionaire, and only recently dropped off the Forbes billionaires list because she donated so much to charity.

But she was a billionaire, and STILL not everyone likes her books.

Moral of the story: If you’re writing to please the audience of the world, you will always be disappointed, because you will always fall short.

Positive spin: If you are writing your book to impart YOUR GOAL HERE upon the world, then you can succeed!

If your goal is simply to provide happiness to the world? Fantastic. If it’s more specific? Wonderful! But we’ve gotta make sure people keep turning the pages of your work so that they make it all the way to the end and have the fullest picture of your book.

Here are some ways we can make sure they do!
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HOW TO MAKE WRITER DEPRESSION WORK FOR YOU

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

How to Make Writer Depression Work for You

We’re writers. Flair, drama, brooding, unique fashion sense, and lying over the backs of furniture likely pervade our lives (or at least the lives of some of the writers you know). And why? Well, we’ll leave that to someone else to explore fully.

I’m here to admit that that happens. It’s a good thing! Something to celebrate, even. Drama is great to use in your writing, brooding can make for good characterization, and lying over the backs of furniture gives as an Oscar Wilde-style workout—fashionable, while being artistic!

Photo of Oscar Wilde sitting and leaning against a couch, on a fur blanket

But what about the other side of all that? The darker side, if you will? What about the depression, and the myriad of other things historical writers have succumbed to? Alcoholism, drugs, etc.? What happens to turn a flair for the dramatic into ugly realism?

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THE ONE SIMPLE WORD TO KEEP YOUR READERS ENGAGED

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

THE ONE SIMPLE WORD TO KEEP YOUR READERS ENGAGED

What keeps you reading a good book? Is it that the book has really good conflict? Great plot? Compelling characters? All of the above?

When a book has all of these elements in just the right doses, it is a masterpiece that we come to know, love, and carry with us wherever we go.

How to sum all this up in a word:

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WHICH PROJECTS TO WORK ON NOW

Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:

Which Projects to Work on Now

We’ve all been there. We get one idea and we’re really excited about it. We can’t wait. We work on it for a while. Then we get another idea that’s just as awesome. Then we get inspired by the newest episode of our favorite show. That new remix that just came out. That vintage look that came out decades ago.

And suddenly we’ve got fifteen projects and we just don’t know where to start. @____@

But worry not! The answer is closer (and easier) than you think.

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