Want to write like a pro? Posted on 19 Mar 18:40

Writing like a pro made easy. Written by Tzar the Paddington Poodle

You simply need to take your audience on an exciting and interesting journey. Think about the books you have read that have been boring. You read a few pages...and never picked it up again...ever!

So, by now you know that your job as a writer is to hold your audience’s attention. You want them to be so immersed in the story that they can’t wait to see what happens next. Each page in your story needs to be a ‘page turner’.

I have put together 7 simple steps to help guide you to creating that amazing story.

  • Create suspense and drama in your story (keep the readers guessing. What happens next?)
    • e.g. set up a dramatic question like “Are they going to make it?

 Bring emotion into your story (what do they feel)

    • e.g. fear – happiness – anger – sadness – love – happiness - dislikes
    • don’t be frightened to bring “death” into your story if it is a part of your story
  • Bring in detail (relevant to the story)
    • This helps build suspense and drama
    • g. he was wearing blue shoes… In the police line-up the person who is there to identify the baddy see’s the blue shoes.
  •  Create a killer Protagonist (the good person/main character)
    • The essential ingredient for creating an amazing protagonist is that they “must make decisions” Create a killer Antagonist(s), there may be more than one (the bad/villain in your story)
    • Have them dripping with evil but behind the scenes
  •  Show, don’t tell
  • When creating a scene that changes the fate of your characters, show us the scene
  •  Edit (re-write, re-write, re-write and edit, edit, edit)
    • Write a minimum or three (3) drafts. In most cases there will be way more
    • First draft – your chance to explore your story and figure out what it’s about
    • Second draft - is meant for major structural changes and for clarifying the plot and characters of your novel or the key ideas of your non-fiction book
    • Third draft - is for deep polishing