Starting this week, I will be publishing posts on different topics on different days of the week.
Saturdays: Your Author Platform
Mondays: The importance of Grammar
Wednesdays: Essential Elements of Writing
When I think of the Essential Elements of writing, I’m referring to the things you need to make a good story or novel. They are:
Plot, Characters, Viewpoint, Dialogue, Pacing, Style, and Beginnings, Middles, and Endings.
On the surface, we can look at this list and say, ‘Oh, yeah. Those things make up a story.’ But it is the blending and weaving of these things that make a GOOD story.
It is imperative that a writer understands how to build a plot and develop characters. The decision needs to be made by the writer about viewpoint – AND more importantly, maintain the viewpoint throughout the piece.
Whether or not a writer understands how to use dialogue to move the story forward is key, along with the proper use of speech and action tags. Each author has their own style – this refers to their knowledge and use of proper structure, punctuation, and grammar. It also is distinctive and unique from other authors.
When it comes to beginning, middles, and endings, it is important for a writer to tell a complete story that involves all three elements. But one can only attain a complete story when all the other six items I mentioned are woven together like a beautiful tapestry.
Next week, we will dive deeper into the plot through definition and its role in your writing.
Until next time,
PS: Be sure to check back on Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays for my latest blog.