Have you noticed how many of the popular books in today’s market aren’t masterpieces of literary fiction? Have you wondered how these writers have gained notoriety despite their heavy use of passive sentences, clichés, and inconsistencies? It’s because they know how to write fantastic stories.
We could grumble over their success, we could whine about their popularity, but it wouldn’t get us anywhere. Instead we could study how to construct a good story. We could remind ourselves the importance of research: there’s no point slaving over a novel if our story lacks originality or a place in the market. And then we could do one better than those popular authors – we could learn to avoid those clichés, passive sentences and other cringe-inducing elements.
What do you think makes up a good story?
As some of you have already noticed, my blog has been nominated for the Best Australian Blog 2011 Award. There are apparently 570 of us nominated. The Sydney Writer’s Centre is offering $7500 worth of prizes. One of the awards is the People’s Choice Award and that’s where you come in.
Please, if you think my blog is worthy
My blog is listed on the third page under ‘W’:
W.I.P. It: A Writer’s Journey – Lynda Young
I really appreciate your time and your vote. The winner will be announced on Friday 6 May 2011.
Note: This post is part of the A-Z Challenge. To learn more about the challenge click the image on my sidebar.