WHAT DO THEY MEAN

Writers use a lot of terms that might need to be explained to those new to the craft. Here’s an explanation of some of them:

Author Intrusion: When the author steps into the story to make comments or tell things the POV character cannot know.
POV: Point of View Character is the one who is living the story. The one who has the most to gain or lose.
Theme: The ARC of the character. What she wants and how she gets it. Love Conquers All, Forgiving Isn’t Enough, The End Justifies the Means, etc.
Character Driven: Someone does something
Plot Driven: Something happens
Conflict: What stands in the way
Plot Points: Crisis; Jeopardy sends story in another direction; Conflicts deter character from goal until change seems possible; Another huge conflict; Resolution.
Narration: Recounting an event.
Exposition: Explanation of what has happened.
Author and teacher Dwight Swain says the following keeps writers from succeeding.
1. They take an unrealistic view
2. They hunt for magic secrets
3. They try to learn the hard way.
4. They refuse to follow feeling
5. They attempt to write by rules
6. They don’t want to be wrong
7. They bow down to the objective
8. They fail to master technique
From his book Techniques of the Selling Writer.
Try the following for your story: First a statement: (Situation) Burnt out by her high profile life in the field of advertising, (Character) Annie quits her six figure job in Dallas, and (Objective) leaving her close-knit family behind, packs up and moves to New Mexico to pursue her love of painting. Finish with the question: Can she make the break successfully when (Opponent) her controlling and brutal husband threatens to follow her?
If you can boil down your book like the above example, you have a good elevator pitch as well as something to include as a blurb in your query letter.
These are only a few points to learn and remember. Becoming a writer is a long pursuit. If you don’t absolutely love writing, don’t pursue it. You’ll never be happy. If you do love writing, don’t set unrealistic goals. Realize that you must work long and hard and hone your craft.
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About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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2 Responses to WHAT DO THEY MEAN

  1. Marla says:

    I always learn so much from your posts. Thank you!

  2. You're welcome, Marla. I enjoy feedback from readers.

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