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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How To Write - Get in the habit of spinning stories

Here's the thing: if you're writing, you're telling stories, no matter whether you're writing nonfic or the most fictive fiction there is.

And here's the other thing: stories breed stories.

So if you want to keep your brain full of stories to tell, you need to tell stories. Circular, right? But it's one of those things you just need to do. And I don't mean just writing stories--do that, too, of course, but in addition to that, make your life a place where stories can nest. Tell long jokes. Talk about your family history and collect new stories from them to share later. When you're watching tv or movies, keep a running list of scenes you feel are missing and the way you would have done the ones that are there. Start paying attention to little nods and looks and people in the background and things that aren't explained, and come up with what those things mean and where they came from. See if you can figure out what would have happened next for books, tv, movies, whatever. Read a lot, and write down everything that is even half way interesting, and write down all the questions you have along the way--then try to answer them. People watch and make up life histories for strangers.

Do this until it's automatic, and then when you need to sit down to write, there's always something to say. You'll have all the stories in the world at your fingertips!


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