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It's all about the reader..... simple huh?

It's all about the reader..... simple huh?

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Published by Sean Yeager
Tips for plotting, writing and finessing creative writing and novels. Based on lessons learned during the writing of Sean Yeager Adventures.
Tips for plotting, writing and finessing creative writing and novels. Based on lessons learned during the writing of Sean Yeager Adventures.

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Published by: Sean Yeager on Mar 12, 2013
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05/14/2014

It’s all about the reader……. simple huh?

Here’s a few tips for thinking about plotting, writing and finessing your creative masterpiece. These are based on lessons I’ve learned and they’ve worked for me, hope you find them useful in pursuing your goals. I suggest using them as guidelines and reference points. D.M. Jarrett Author of Sean Yeager Adventures

#1 Put your readers first
• • • • • • • • • • • • • Entertain your reader Make your work easy to read. Keep it moving and evolving. Never bore your reader. If it’s clunky or boring on read back, it will be clunky and boring to your reader. Fine-tune it or rip out the passage and write it again. Balance description with active passages. Know your audience and what they want to read. Give them what they want, almost - keep it original Read your peers to compare your work honestly with theirs. Original is not the same as unintelligible, slow and deep Make your reader care about your story through your characters. Take them through the full range of emotions. Create characters and settings that are believable and ‘honest’

#2 Keep it unpredictable
• • • • Know the heart of your story before you begin Immerse your reader in guessing what happens next Surprise them in what actually happens Plot the outcomes and twists first

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If the outcomes are too predictable, unfeasible or dull, change them Ensure there is an afterglow of a satisfying conclusion Don’t cheat, leave subtle clues, keep it rational within the story’s context If you think it’s been done before it has, try something fresh Try plotting backwards as a flow of events A cliff hanger ending is fine, but it can needle the reader, be careful Which characters are going to succeed and which will fail? That’s life. See Tip #1 - what would your readers think of your twists and ending?

#3 Characters are your story’s backbone
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • Create them interesting, unusual, flawed Give them honest strengths, weaknesses, aims and emotions Define dilemmas and tensions for your main characters Allow them a voice of their own, ensure they react Relate them to someone or a collection of people you’ve seen Plot out their path of progress, where are they heading in your story? Keep your best characters front stage and central Avoid clichés and paper thin characters Make them sweat and bleed for their living Keep notes for consistency about each character What do they smell, eat, hear, taste, like, hate, strive towards? Ensure that readers care about at least two of your characters We don’t have to like your characters, interesting is different to liking See Tip #1 would readers be interested in your characters?

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