From Chuck Palahniuk comes this very useful approach to un-pack your thought verbs into dynamic prose; In six seconds, you’ll hate me. But in six months, you’ll be a better writer.
One of the rules of writing that seems to illicit a consistently passionate response (either in the negative or the positive) is active voice vs. passive voice.
So, I took the plunge and have signed up for Larry Brook’s Amazing $100 Professional Story Coaching and Empowerment Adventure. I’ll post some follow up experiences, but I think that even if he eviscerates me it will have been well worth the cost.
The basic idea of his thesis was that a story’s main character has ups and downs that can be graphed to reveal the stories shape. The shape of society’s stories, he said, is at least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads.
One of the tools I have been using to get my head into the proper space for mapping out my first novel is putting some thought into worldbuilding. Little did I know that there are very dedicated groups of people out there that take it VERY seriously
Larry Brooks, over at www.storyfix.com , has a great blog focused on writing. This month, October 2011, he is writing a post a day about NaNoWriMo and there are some great jems in there. So, for posterity sake, because his site is hard to navigate, and to make sure I can find it again, I…