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by mikep
Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: General Writing Discussion
Topic: Are good writers born or made?
Replies: 28
Views: 31074

Re: Are good writers born or made?

There is no scientific evidence for the existence of talent.

Also, there seems to be a correlation between "talent" and boatloads of practice. (When Eddie Van Halen was a teenager, he'd sit on his bed until 3am practicing sometimes.)
by mikep
Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:31 am
Forum: Guidelines for Writing
Topic: The End?
Replies: 26
Views: 33520

Re: The End?

(I'm writing on a Kindle, so sorry if the post seems disjointed.) For me, the ending of a story will tie in with the theme that you're exploring--which is why you should have a firm grasp of the theme before you write. Example: You want to explore the theme of, say, overcoming inherited hatred. So y...
by mikep
Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:22 am
Forum: General Writing Discussion
Topic: How to know the right time to begin the narrative
Replies: 12
Views: 12898

Re: How to know the right time to begin the narrative

I am intrigued by the idea of starting the story as late as possible. It is contrary to what I would think. I'd think a hook should be the start. Then action, dropping in some backstory to continue drawing the reader in, then full blown story. But if the reader is not caught up in the story fairly ...
by mikep
Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:17 am
Forum: General Writing Discussion
Topic: How to know the right time to begin the narrative
Replies: 12
Views: 12898

Re: How to know the right time to begin the narrative

I've streamlined the process over time, but essentially I have three steps: 1.) Identify the premise of the story. A premise consists of the parts: the protagonist, the protagonist's goal, and what obstacle(s) or conflict(s) stands between the protagonist and its goal. (e.g., a soldier has to transp...