Saturday, January 5, 2019

Some great writing advice here

Of course we know we could all learn something from The Bard, but it doesn't hurt to have the occasional reminder: 10 Things Shakespeare Can Teach Us About Writing Thrillers.

Some gems:
Get right to it: Shakespeare doesn't waste time getting things moving. Any book should do the same.

Story is character: In the bard's world, the props and costumes are kept to a minimum. The plays can be performed on a bare stage. It's ll about the interaction between characters and how the characters speak.

Begin scenes late and end them early.

All scenes must have external and internal conflict: It's not enough for the door to be locked. The character has to have a reason to not want to open it.

Shakespeare was all about output: You want to learn from Shakespeare? Write a ton of stuff. (The article mentions this and I've heard it pointed out elsewhere - the entire Shakespearean era was only twenty years.)

Do check it out - it's a short read, but has lots of valuable writing advice.

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