Welcome to Phillip Harrison.com ! Choosing to write is
both the easiest and most difficult task that one can attempt in
the arts profession.
When we write we are attempting to both convey and explain a
story, and also to enrapture the reader within that story.
We want them to feel like they are a part of "what is
happening". By merely explaining the plot to a reader, we
fail to engage them within the vestments of our main character.
The reader can easily be lifted out of the story by some "stall"
in the plot, or the boredom that comes, when the main character
gets everything they ever wanted, and never stubs their toe.
Things don't go perfectly smooth in the real world, why on Earth
(or some other world); would they go smoothly in a novel?
Each writer has a grave responsibility to keep the readers
attention fixed firmly upon the storyline. If your
1. In some form of danger,
2. Going through some
great loss or change,
3. Experiencing a form of mental anguish,
your reader will start wondering "why they are reading your book"
instead of making dinner or watching TV. You have to keep
them interested, without making it too obvious. The secret
to this is to make sure that your main character is having a
damn miserable time every now and again, just when "anyone" might
least expect it!
People love a good drama whether they admit it or not. The
only way for the reader to see your main character as someone
that they can root for, is to put some stumbling blocks and left
turns in front of them every so often. By being there when
the trouble started and eventually gets resolved, a bond between
your main character and the reader becomes established, and
that's who really draws the crowd; its your characters story, try
not to get in the way, by helping them!
Becoming a published novelist is mostly a matter of talent,
persistence, and luck. First, you have to write very well—well
enough to stand out against the competition—and then you have to
send your material until it reaches someone who appreciates it
as much as you do. It takes drive, determination, and dedication
to the craft. Every writer’s goal is to see their work
published. Whether you’re writing a fiction novel or nonfiction
book, by simply writing down the basics of your story and
building on it over time, the story will eventually become a
bunch of characters in your head who continuously try to get you
to write about them. That's where it starts, but then you have
to craft what might be a good story, into a much better one that
people would want to pay for at the bookstore. Don't worry
so much about whether you are a great writer off the start.
Very few people are very good at anything without doing it a
number of times, practice makes you "nearly perfect". All
those "other people" who make it look so easy to write a book,
well guess what, they have been writing for many years, or else
have written an awful lot in just one year! The other
secret to writing well is to share your work with others, people
who you believe to be good readers, might just be able to steer
you around some of the things they like and don't like in a
book. You tube is full of people who excel at judging
books and authors, tune in to their stations on YouTube and see
what the popular writers mistakes are! The ability to build a
story around these characters in your imagination is what makes
for a good read. Being a good writer however, is a matter made
mostly from a love of writing and an affinity for perfecting the
writing that you do. If you don't like to rewrite and edit
and rewrite the story or parts of it, over and over until it
reads properly, then maybe writing isn't for you. However,
perhaps you have a story that just needs to get out of your
imagination and you are "even willing to put up with" the long
tedious hours of not just writers block but making a first,
second, third and final draft, simply because you really want to
get that story told! Then maybe you are after all the very best
kind of writer, a stubborn one!
Phillip L. Harrison.com
Canadian Writer, Author, Writes Fantasy Fiction,
Science Fiction, YA, Writer, Poet, Poetry, Phillip, Phillip Harrison, Best