Recently, James brought something to my attention: We hardly ever address fiction writing on our blog. That’s a shame, because storytellers are a group of people with unique, distinct needs and questions. (They’re also interesting people.)
So we’re going to do something about it.
We’re writing a phenomenal series of posts specifically aimed at all the fiction writers and novelists out there. Twice a week, we’ll share what we know about writing a kick-ass novel – so that you can write one.
Writing a novel can be very lonely work. You have your heart and soul poured into one piece of work. Your story isn’t spread around, it isn’t read often (if at all) and it most likely resides only on your computer. A novel is something that writers tend to hide and work on all alone.
We know. We have our own novel in the works, and most of it is material that only James and I have seen. It’s not a secret – but at the same time, writing a novel is extremely secretive work.
It’s very fulfilling to write a story, because it captures the imagination in one of its purest forms by putting the mind to paper. Scenes, settings and characters conceived in our thoughts are brought to life on paper until they almost breathe.
A good novel has readers fall in love with characters, agonize over dilemmas and get caught up in the conflict. A good novel brings us to another world, and it makes us regret the last page that signals the end.
Get it right, and your novel becomes a page-turner people can’t put down. Get it wrong, and – unfortunately – your novel can put people straight to sleep.
Storytelling is an intricate art. Writing a novel takes good skills, talent, proper planning, goals and the establishment of many elements – and it takes the ability to blend it all together to capture your audience.
James and I have decided to take you on an adventure. A few years back, we discovered an excellent way to develop our fiction writing skills to their fullest in a way that seizes everyone’s attention. We want to teach you to be better fiction writers, and we want you to join us on the journey.
But not just any journey. We’re developing a series on fiction writing and storytelling that will make you a better writer – by learning how to play a game.
Sounds interesting? Good. It will be.