|Posted by kerf on October 1, 2016 at 2:55 PM|
It's been a while I have to say since I last wrote. Where does time go? I wish someone would tell me.
I am back to working on my book 'Let Him Hang' - I believe it's advantageous to you and your writing to cast aside something that isn't working for a while and go back fresh. Let Him Hang is a hard book to write - the story of a young man who believed his new country would look after him, the land of milk and honey no less. Yet two years of arriving he is standing in front of a judge who has just placed small black cloth on his wig and told my man he is to hang. I've rewritten it a few times coming at it from various perspectives, and still Fred is evading me. Has that happening to you?I'd like to know.
I found a great book the other day that will, I think, benefit all writers: Mastering Suspense, Structure, and Plot : How to Write Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats : https://www.bookdepository.com/Mastering-Suspense-Structure-and-Plot-Jane-Cleland/9781599639673 - see what yout think.
I find reading various articles on characterisation very helpful. Writing a script for screen is similar to writing books in three ways,: characters, plot and dialogue - they are everything. See: BALLS OF STEEL: Finding Character Motivation, Conflict and Compassion by: Jeanne Veillette Bowerman: http://www.scriptmag.com/features/balls-of-steel-finding-character-motivation-conflict-compassion
or this : 5 Types of Heroes Everybody Loves: http://screenwritingumagazine.com/2016/07/25/5-types-heroes-everyone-loves/?
In 5 Rewrite Strategies That Actually Work it tells you to go through your book's/ your script's storyline and dialogue and make sure it belongs to the correct principal character. Check it out : http://screenwritingumagazine.com/2016/07/12/5-rewrite-strategies-actually-work/?
One of my favourite reads has to Stephen King's book on Writing. He nails it everytime.
For dialogue there is nothing like Aaron Sorkin, of 'Social Network' and 'Newsroom' fame. His characters and dialogue are always right on the button making it a joy to watch any of his films and TV series. You can read what he has to say on writing here: http://www.slashfilm.com/aaron-sorkin-screenwriting-tips/ ; When I have time I intend to take his master class and benefit from his vast knowledge. You have to get out of your happy slippers, your comfortable jeans and frayed jumpers, and lift your backside off that well worn computer chair and go walking outside arounds towns and villages and cities and see what real people are doing, how they talk and behave. Sorkin says 'Just stick with your voice. Write as well as you can and move on.' Use your 'voice'.
His Master Class, by the way, if you want to enrol: https://www.masterclass.com/classes/aaron-sorkin-teaches-screenwriting?utm_content=1331944#/
Writing books is, I know, very different to writing scripts for TV or film but we can all learn something from various mediums. It's comforting to just sit at your desk and write, but you have to write about something you know. Listen to the tone people use in their voice, their dialect, watch how they behave in various settings, their habits. Create characters your readers will empathise with or hate, give them their own 'voice'. If something is not working for you, leave it, go and write something else or sit down with good friends and discuss why something that's irritating you in your book is not working, get their perspective. And read, read, read. Never stop doing anything that can make your writing great.
Or you can write and let me know what ails you - you never know, I might be able to help
Now... go forth and write!