Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Expert Advice

Introducing a new segment here at my blog, "Expert Advice" where I get to take all the wonderful little tidbits I gather from the host of writing books I read and share them with you all!
For today, a little tip on how to start a story. If you don't know what to say, just start saying it. Keep "talking" to the page until it talks back to you.
"I start with a line of dialogue. I have no idea half the time who's speaking or what they're saying. I'll start with that line, and the more dialogue I write, the better I get to know the characters."
-- August Wilson


Arianna said...

Yay! I'm looking forward to reading the quotes from writing books/authors :) I suppose I usually start my dialogue the same way. I usually know who's saying it, but other than that, I usually just write whatever pops into my head and wait for the other characters to 'talk back'

Christiana said...

That's cool, Arianna!
I had never thought of doing it that way. For me, an idea comes as a scene. A character or two doing something that I want to know more about. Usually when I come up with a good one, I head for the shower. It's the only place in the house where I can be sure I won't be interrupted, so my thoughts flow free until the water runs cold!