Key learnings that make a difference!

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Key learnings that make a difference!

Postby Henckel » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:07 pm

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?
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Re: Key learnings that make a difference!

Postby kentagions » Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:33 pm

This thread on the forum had a number of good book ideas:

The best kick in the head my writing has ever received was from a good friend who kindly read one of my stories. She asked a simple question after reading it. "What were they wearing?" I had failed to provide even a single reference to clothing. Big eye opener.

Telling the story is about sculpting a world in the readers imagination. Where are you if you see overalls, flannel shirts and bandannas worn to keep profuse sweat from weary eyes? Where are you if you see shark skin suits, heavy gold jewelry and sunglasses worn indoors?
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