When I hear about a new writing technique (one that’s new to me, anyway) I always take the time to learn it. I don’t just loosely read-up on the topic—I study the technique from every angle until I can apply the it in my writing.
Some of these include: Orson Scott Card’s M.I.C.E. Quotient; differentiating conflict, action, and suspense (and when/where each are/are not appropriate); and writing consistent character voice.
Perhaps my best learning from 2016 was on plot and structure. I’d known about them for years and THOUGHT I understood them. But once I really take the time to dig deeper, I managed to improve my writing tenfold.
A couple weeks ago, I encountered a phrase I’d heard before—Scene and Sequel. As with the other topics and techniques, I intend to flog this new one until I understand it from every angle and can use it in my writing.
…this leaves me wondering… what other topics and techniques are there that I still haven’t heard of.
What key learnings have you discovered lately? What is it that has made a difference for you?