I have done the worst thing a blogger can do. Disappear.
Everything has changed. Nothing has changed. No one cares, I bet.
I think I have become a better writer. I am still learning. Maybe I can help you to become a better writer, too. Or at least write something interesting here, mainly for the beginning writer like me. Still beginning, though I have been at this for five years.
I am self-taught. That means I don’t have a Masters in Writing. I have taken classes. I read books and blogs on writing. I have subscribed to The Writer magazine all these years, and I study it, keep all the articles in appropriate files and refer to them often. The Writer is one hundred twenty-five years old this year!
Notice how I wrote that number out? Please do. Unless your number is abnormally long, like 1,346, or a year, or . . . it’s best to check a good dictionary, which will tell you which numbers should be written out. If you don’t have one, get one. Get a good thesaurus, too. Don’t depend on an on-line synonym guide.
Today the most important thing I learned was: If you can’t get excited about writing a scene, don’t write it. If you aren’t excited about writing it, your reader won’t be excited about reading it. Why did it take me all this time to figure that out?
It’s important information I have to get across to the reader. The character, in this case, She, thinks about a past instance that began her life search for information about her mysterious family. She can’t her mom or anyone to talk about it, so she’s going to get her best friend, He, to help her. Boring to write, boring to read–all those thoughts, and where do I put her while thinking them, etc., etc., etc.?
Put this stuff in the action, in the dialogue. Bit by bit it comes out when She explains to He why She needs his help. Simple, huh?
Readers like dialogue more than description. Readers like action even more. Add a little action to your dialogue. Put some conflict in there, too. Voila–it’s no longer boring. It was fun to write, too.
Where do you put your boring stuff to give it punch?