Writing a fiction story from scratch is a challenge that many aspirants face uphill. So much so that most of them throw in the towel when they can not find that unique something to write about. The reality is that coming up with a good, original and unique idea is … almost impossible. And it is that what has been invented for quite some time is quite true. Sometimes it is more productive to focus on something simple, that resembles other things, and strive in how to tell it, which is what can make the difference. A first step, by way of rehearsal, maybe borrowing the plot of a book that you liked, or a movie or series. You can temporarily own your characters, the world in which they move and invent a new plot for them. Maybe a story in which the boy does not finally get the girl or one in which two thousand years have passed and they have awakened in the future. The fact is that when dealing with familiar characters or a plot that you have already covered, it will be very easy to fill the pages. For example, what could you imagine a chapter ofFriends ten years later? Then hit the key and upload it later to the web fanfiction.net. There are millions of people reinventing stories, and many of them even end up being published on paper.
It may sound weird, but a good way to start writing is to draw. You do not have to be Dalí; with which you defend yourself by making scribbles in the shape of a boy or girl, enough. And the thing is that drawing comes in handy to build characters, for example; that way you make a more vivid image of them in your head. Draw if they are tall or short, the hairstyle they wear, the style of clothing they wear and all those things that characterize them. Write your name in the header of the drawing, and a kind of tag cloud with words that define them around you. So, when you get to write the story they star, you will not get any doubt about how they are going to behave. You can also try to draw the world in which they move. For example, if your story happens in a place like Middle Earth, you can try to make a map, or draw landscapes. And if your characters pass the pages in cities, neighborhoods, houses or other places that exist and know, also draw them. It will be great to have a visual reference of those spaces in front of you while you write to fill the pages of details.
Write on social networks
The Internet has its own language, and each social network has its dialect. For example, the one hundred and forty characters of Twitter have shown that ingenuity has no limits. Thanks to the social network of the bird, the jokes have ceased to be those of Jaimito, and now we have characters like God Tuitero or Kim Jong-un who take us a couple of laughs every day. On Twitter, there is also room for phrases loaded with feelings, like those of the Tuitpoetas that attract thousands of followers. And the thing is that Twitter is not so far from what Monterroso did with his famous micro-story The Dinosaur(“When the dinosaur woke up he was still there”), which does not even occupy 140 characters. The fact is that you can take advantage of this network to develop your creative writing. Follow the best in the genre in which you want to move, learn from them, find your personal style and put it into practice tweeting. Also try on Facebook, where you can even write notes, or on Instagram, where an image can give you more strength to what you write. The case is that you face the new media and its main characteristic: the feedback. Take courage and the bull!
Write a diary
Yes, one like those you wrote as a teenager and kept at the back of the drawer with a lock that your little brother knew perfectly how to open. Well, the same as now does not have to have scented leaves … In any case, the important thing is that you get back in contact with the paper, that if you are one of those who went to EGB, it will be time that you do not grow in front of something that is not tactile to write. The reality is that in a notebook things are clearer. And what to write about? Well about the same thing you wrote when acne was one of your greatest fears: your day today. In the beginning, it seems that you do not have many girls that of collecting in writing the things you have done, and more if you are one of those who has a daily routine. But surely with the passing of the days your head begins to add phrases about what those things that you are doing every day mean, and you dare to write them. And surely they are not things like so-and-so or so-and-so is for me. Now you’re older and what goes through your head is usually much more important. Write it!
Train the dialogues
One of the most difficult things to learn (and teach) is how to write dialogues. And is that put in writing what is intended to go out through the mouth is a challenge that is often lost? Phrases that do not sound in a natural way, that is long, or too literary, are usually some of the most frequent mistakes. And is that to write dialogues that are real when reading them the first thing to do is to assume that the dialogues in fiction are not real. That is to say, they sound real, but in reality, they are not. There is a particular code when talking about the characters in a book or a movie that we have all learned since we were children and that we assume is natural, but that does not mean that in real life this is what is said … dubbing.
The fact is that you have a couple of options to work with the dialogues. One can be to choose a real person, from your environment, and listen to it as if you were a recorder. Write their particular expressions, the cadence with which the words say … With time you will have become their ventriloquist, and you can apply their language to any of the characters in your stories. And another option is that you put a series or a movie and you look at how their characters speak, that if it is done well each one will do it in a different way. You can imagine an imaginary WhatsApp group among its characters and rehearse its dialogues. The thing is that you are clear that to write dialogues you must have a narrative ear, and that you have to train it.
One of the first things that couples therapists do when they receive one of those marriages they love, but do not touch much, is to forbid them just that they do not do anymore. The more behaviorists of all make them sign a contract in which they record that until the next session they cannot have sexual relations with their spouse, under any circumstance. And what do most couples do then? Spending the week, I hit you. Nothing like banning something so you want to do it. Then apply the same with writing! It’s going to be great, especially if you’re one of those who starts a thousand stories that never end. Prohibit writing for a few days, a week, two, or even a month. During that time, nothing, not a line. You will see how when you run out of the prohibition period you get a crazy desire to fill pages. And the best thing is that you will have what to fill them with, that you have had time to think about it and a lot of accumulated desire. Couple therapists say it: waiting increases desire.
Find your voice
One of the hardest things to find for writers is the voice. It is a particular sound that is heard with the reading of a text, and it is just what can help you to be unique as a writer. And it’s sure that a column by Elvira Lindo does not sound the same in your head as one by Manuel Rivas, even though they deal with the same subject. That’s because each of them has its own voice. And now you’re wondering if you have your own voice as a writer … Well, yes or no like it, but what you should know is that the voice is clearer as it becomes silent. While you find it, you can practice with the voice of others, to see what you have left. Just like you can temporarily appropriate the characters or the world of a fiction story, You can take advantage of the voice of a writer or writer with whom you feel identified. Analyze your style, what makes them particularly attractive, and put your voice on your fingers, like when you start playing the guitar and you do covers of group songs that you like. With time, surely you start to let go of what does not go with you and find your particular voice.
Share what you write
Most writers are shy by nature (not my case, the truth). There are many who write for years in secret, without letting anyone read a single line. Well, there comes a moment in your career as a writer in which you have to answer this question: am I writing for myself or for myself and my readers? If you are one of the latter, do not hesitate and share what you write. You can try to pass it on to your partner, friends, or a family member (try to be objective, so avoid your mother). Although the best way to share and obtain a truly objective response is to upload it to the Internet, which can be shared by everyone. You can open a blog, with your name or anonymously, and move it through the networks. Or if you have a more romantic spirit you can leave pages written by you in the subway with an email address so they can write you telling you what they think. It takes a bit of courage because even the answer you are with is negative, but you can also learn from that. And that is the important thing, to learn.
Write my new book
Are you one of those who have always wanted to write but when you put yourself in front of a blank paper you stay … blank? Well, that has a remedy. The only thing you need is a good challenge to take out the creativity you have inside. What do I say one? Here you have 78 creative challenges to write, draw, think, create … Things that help you fill pages, like the ones you’ve read in this post, are what you’ll find in this book-notebook published by Espasa on 19 of May. It also comes out in Catalan, with the help of FanBooks.