Friday, August 20, 2021

Writing: So What?

 


Sorry, Friday sneaked up on me. It's getting harder to remember to post, between watching the political theatre nowadays and doing all the things I have to do as a retired person and grandfather, the time got away.

I thought, when I was reading my first reader's comments about the initial draft of my next novella, about the most important lesson I ever learned about writing. I was at a well-known Christian writer's conference, early in my career, and was telling an individual about the idea for my latest novel. And he frustrated--actually angered--me by repeatedly saying, "So what?" I finally got the idea, though. There has to be something--plot, character, or circumstance--that gets the reader invested in what you're writing. Otherwise, it's just "blah."

So, writers--So what? Let me know.

4 comments:

Priscilla Bettis said...

I try to plot with a penalty for failure. Like if the MC fails to reach his goal, something terrible will happen. THAT's what!

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, that will work.

Patricia Bradley said...

I try to plot with high stakes. Someone or something has to die...a dream, a person...a career...

Richard Mabry said...

Or, as Jim Bell says, death--physical, emotional, professional. That's "so what."