If your story has a healthy heart, it will result in happy readers and audiences.
If you want to be a writer, there are some basics you must know from the outset before start thinking about writing your masterwork.
Writing is an organic process that needs lots of blank space to grow.
Your writing will be at its best if it’s driven by raw emotion, by inspirational personal experiences that shaped your life, reflecting your true self.
- You have to fully acknowledge that you are a writer. Accept that you have to write your story and that no-one else can write your story. You must take responsibility for your state of consciousness. If you are not taking responsibility for your state of consciousness, you are not taking responsibility for life.
- You have to enjoy writing and being a writer. Enjoyment replaces wanting as the motivating power behind your actions. Your ability to enjoy writing and the quality of your life will increase dramatically. Your joy is the dynamic aspect of Being. Your joy of being is the joy of being conscious.
- You have to be enthusiastic about your writing and being a writer. Nothing great has ever been achieved without enthusiasm. Your enthusiasm will bring enormous empowerment into what you write.
Writing is constant struggle to get to the new, undiscovered place and will always remain a mystery.
- You must discover your own unique process
- You must find a way inside your own STORY.
- You must become an emotional archaeologist.
When you rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite your second or third drafts, endlessly crafting your story to its ultimate excellence, you go back to the drawing board and start on a blank page; just as an artist who is unsatisfied with a painting, and will whitewash the painting and start from scratch.
Always remember that you, the writer, and everything that happens in the story, SERVES THE STORY: the plot, the characters, the dialogue, the theme, and even the style and tone of your writing.
The story will gradually mutate and evolve into a novel, award-winning film, or television series, or even a stage play, but the heart and soul of all great stories are rooted in a simple story that rules the creative universe.
That indestructible force begins with you, the writer.
When you write a story, the events, characters, and theme will provoke the imagination and challenge perceptions, ultimately revealing a truth about your culture, history, experience and insight of the world and the human condition.
Your writing should be entertaining, offer escapism, and allow readers and audiences to explore new territories and discover new worlds and aspects of humanity.
What makes a well-crafted story?
- Drawing your audience/ readers into a deep involvement: They will care about the story and the characters, suspend disbelief, and be involved in whatever is happening.
- Holding that involvement: Your audience/ readers will be captivated and intrigued from opening to ending, from pilot episode to the ending of Season 14, experience a rollercoaster ride, eagerly awaiting what happens next.
- Rewarding your audience/ readers with a moving and meaningful experience: They will experience a great rush of excitement and emotional fulfilment and when they reach the end of your story. They will take the story and characters home with them, and it will live in their hearts for eternity.
The writer must continuously move the story forward to dramatise its impact, even if the story includes events that took place in the past, mining the inner life of the story.
The writer must also turn ordinary, everyday happenings into extraordinary events by dramatising the story, and infusing it with conflict, inciting the characters to take motivated action in achieving their goals and fulfilling their respective destinies.
The writer has now turned an ordinary event and extraordinary, easing the flow of the story with tempo, pacing and rhythm, heightening the suspense, evoking conflict and revealing motivated action.
To heighten the impact of the story, the resolution of the story must satisfy the curiosity of its reader/audience.