I was cleaning my desk up the other day and came across a sheaf of looseleaf. They are the notes I cared to keep after Intro to Creative Writing in Spring 2005.
Now, of course, I wish we’d had more intensive writing classes. Intro to Novels. Why Your Character Won’t Do As You Say 101. I wish Research Writing was about researching for novels.
But, anyway, because it’s always good to remember the basics:
Type 1- “tour guide”–slow, language is leisurely. Pro: accessible to reader
Type 2- “action Jackson”–immediately in a scene
— author puts reader right into the setting
Pro: exciting. Con: lack of information
Type 3- “fortune teller” ending is told upfront (climax)
Something is a big deal
rest of the story explains it
promising to deliver the goods
3rd person–“he, she”
- visual image
- place-setting-get it over quickly-action and dialogue
- 5 senses
- Do research. Know your setting.
- Don’t write in generalities. Use “telling details”
- move along a story quickly
- In a room: two or three specific objects