Re: Writing Craft

Date: 2016-05-05 03:45 am (UTC)
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Dear Jonathan: It took me many years, and much writing, to develop a personal style. Oddly, one of the best ways to do it is to deliberately imitate another author's style--many other authors, actually, one after the other. By paying such close attention to an author's style, and trying to duplicate it, one learns a great deal about style in general, and begins to evolve one's own.

I plot my books out in advance, first writing a short outline, then a long outline, and then breaking the book down scene by scene. However, this is more of a suggestion than a map: when the story takes off in a direction I haven't predicted, I follow it to find out where it's going.

Every writer writes differently, and the tricks and methods that work for one may not work for the next. The best thing for a beginning writer to do is try them all, and not be afraid to toss the ones that don't work for them, no matter how famous and how respected the writer is who swears by them.
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