While 2016 was completely crazy, it was also extremely productive for me as I writer. Last year, I was able to finish writing THREE books. THREE. In one year. Sounds kind of crazy in hindsight.
Through writing those three books, I learned a ton. And today I’ve compiled a list of all the reasons you should write a book too.
For years I have written nonfiction. I’ve studied memoir, creative nonfiction, narratives, journal writing, and essays. I’ve even written three nonfiction books. But for my next project, I decided to try something different. That is when I was introduced to roman à clef.
“Roman à clef” is French for “novel with a key.” It is a “novel about real life, overlaid with a façade of fiction.”
In other words, roman à clef is something that the author has seen or experienced but portrays the story as a fictional tale.
Characterization is one of the most important aspects of writing good fiction. Characterization is what gives authors the power to sway their readers. It’s how you get your reader to fall in love with—or despise—the characters in your book.
Let’s look at a characterization strategy that will pique your readers’ curiosity. I call it the Eyepatch Technique.
For successful writers, there are three main components you need to really write: productivity, creativity, and inspiration. Without any one of these three, you’ll find writing difficult, but when they come together, you will find your writing will be better and maybe even a bit easier.
The things you eat and drink can have a significant effect on your writing. If you’re lacking productivity, creativity, or inspiration, pick one of these writing-enhancing foods and drinks for a boost.
At the beginning of this year, my boss suggested that I take a poetry class. I laughed, then realized he was serious.
I have always written nonfiction—business books, blog posts about life lessons, writing I thought was practical. I thought poetry was just for mysterious literary writers. But I was wrong.
Secretly, earlier this year, I began to write poetry. (Don’t tell my boss, though.) Since then, I’ve found that not enough writers write poetry, so here’s why you should.