Everyone loves a good story. That’s the reason why so many people flock to the movies or spend hours reading novels – it’s because we love to get lost in a great tale. Here are 11 tips from the experts on how to write something fabulous.
1. Tension is the cornerstone of any good story. Eric Nylund
2. A good story, just like a good sentence, does more than one job at once. That’s what literature is: a story that does more than tell a story, a story that manages to reflect in some way the multilayered texture of life itself. Karen Thompson Walker
3. Be unpredictable, be real, be interesting. Tell a good story. James Dashner
4. A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled. Raymond Chandler
5. A good story should make you laugh, and a moment later break your heart. Chuck Palahniuk
6. Tension is the cornerstone of any good story. Eric Nylund
7. No, it’s not a very good story – its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside. Stephen King
8. My only conclusion about structure is that nothing works if you don’t have interesting characters and a good story to tell. Harold Ramis
9. I do feel that if you can write one good sentence and then another good sentence and then another, you end up with a good story. Amy Hempel
10. I’m just trying to write a good story, strictly from imagination. People just think it’s random, they don’t see the rewriting, phrasing of characters, choosing the words, bringing the world to light in which the characters live in. That creates an illusion that this is real. Eric Jerome Dickey
11. I always try to tell a good story, one with a compelling plot that will keep the pages turning. That is my first and primary goal. Sometimes I can tackle an issue-homelessness, tobacco litigation, insurance fraud, the death penalty-and wrap a good story around it. John Grisham
Hope you find these tips useful. For further reading, check out my posts 3 Parts to a Great Blurb and 10 Ideas for Writing Practice And to make sure not to miss anything from Libby Sommer Author you can follow me on Facebook or Instagram.