Saturday, May 30, 2009

May Mania ~ Stretch #30

In order to be a good writer, you must know what makes good writing. Take any book you enjoy and dissect the first chapter. Did it have a gripping first sentence or first paragraph at least? Did you get a sense of the story's promise? Is the character presented one that moves you in some way, either in being able to sympathize with or loathe or care about? If it's in first, is the voice vibrant and engaging or does it fall flat?

Stretch # 30

Once you begin asking questions and dissect the chapter bit by bit, exposing all the pros and cons, write down all your impressions and also what you would do the same and what you would do differently.

By analyzing a published work, you will be able to then apply that same eye to your own pieces. Be great in all you do.

~ Signing off and sending out cyber hugs.


  1. Thanks, Courtney. Good writing is much more difficult than most people realize. Keep the good advice coming. I appreciate it.

  2. Thank you, Shaddy. Glad you liked the post.

  3. brilliant advice.

  4. Thanks, Kstoll. Glad you liked the post.