Tuesday, February 01, 2011
What makes your writing a stand-out piece?
I’ve got a new bad habit.
When I watch movies, I point out the motivation and conflicts for the main actor. My husband has begun doing it too. In fact, it’s almost a race between us until the plot sucks us in.
But there is one part of the craft, I’m not sure I can pick up a how-to book to learn from.
How do you come up with an engaging plot?
Yesterday, I sent in my entry to ACFW for their Genesis contest. I think my chapter is polished as it can be as to the grammar, the GMC, and the detail in the scenes. I even love my MC.
But I’m worried.
What if my story despite all of that, is down-right boring? What if there is no meat to it? What if what sounds interesting to me causes another reader to snooze?
Here’s where you think you’ll read on and get a good answer.
After learning all the tricks to good writing, it still comes down to story. I don’t care how well-written a work is, if it doesn’t hold my attention, pace or no pace, I put the story down.
Story trumps everything.
So I ask you, how do you know if your creation is heart gripping, eye-opening fiction?