So how does it all work?
We’ve discovered hundreds of big insights and little truths in our quest to become great writers. Every day we’re going to dole out a lesson we’ve learned.
We’ll talk about how Hemingway strove to write in the style of the French impressionist Cezanne painted. Or how Malcolm Gladwell plays dumb in order to put himself in the reader’s shoes. Or how mystery writers like Agatha Christie introduce puzzle elements to lead the reader on like Hansel and Gretel. (By the way, have you ever noticed that people who love mystery novels are obsessive about their crossword puzzles?) Or how Annie Dillard describes scenes in terse detail to make you feel like you’re right there with her.
And if you have a secret tip, send us an email to share it with the Write Practice community. In the words of the Russian author Isaac Babel (who was martyred by Stalin), we “must know everything!”
After the example, we’ll have a prompt to practice what we learned. We’ll set you loose for fifteen minutes and let you get your practice on!
Today we’re going to start simply.
It’s a modern Romeo and Juliet story: two star-crossed lovers from feuding Manhattanite families. For the next fifteen minutes, describe their first meeting.
But that’s not the end. Here’s where it gets really interesting. “Deliberate practice” requires feedback from others. In our blog community we have people who want to help you become great.
So lastly, post your practice as a comment so that other writers can give you feedback.
And make sure to give other writers feedback. We’re on this quest together!