To Begin The Beginning… The HARDEST THING about the beginning is the
The screen stares and the cursor blinks nothingness, taunting me. It says, “Ready, set, go! What are you going to write this time?” “I summon a voice strong enough to say, Sit down and listen to me.“
“Beginning to read a story should feel like embarking on a journey, starting toward a destination.” “Where would you begin if you were an omniscient narrator?“
“Don’t just tell me what so-and-so said and what so-and-so felt. Tell me what so-and-so meant to say and why she said it, and what had brought her to this point in her life that would make her say it. He meant: Create multidimensional stories and characters.“
“Each one of us has a storytelling voice deep inside. We’ve been listening to stories since we were knee -high, and we know how stories should be told.”
We are trained as journalists to describe action secondhand, through quotes and observation. Skilled narrative writers put the reader there and let her witness it, have the experience, feel it. That’s much more powerful than a secondhand version of reality.
Summary Vs. Dramatic Narratives
* The summary:
- Provides the links between scenes, which are usually written in dramatic narrative.
- Standard news stories are written in summary narrative.
* The Dramatic:
- Is required in true storytelling.
- Traditional journalists, because they have limited experience with dramatic narrative, often have a tough time distinguishing between the two. “
To sum up:
“You’re either in story, or you’re out of story.”