Writing can be seen as a mix between a dark art and the pursuit of the unhinged. Sitting down for ages crafting words isn’t always as enjoyable as it could be. But you can also approach your writing as a chef creates his signature dish. This list of ingredients for compelling writing just might help.
I thought it only fair to return to the creative cookbook and find a few more ingredients you could add to your literary larder. If you haven’t seen the previous post of ‘Compelling writing ingredients’ then follow the link.
Remember, a good recipe doesn’t use all the ingredients you have all of the time, and sometimes the subtle flavour is more effective than the one that hits with the first mouthful. But enough of this extended metaphor, let’s get on with the post.
Two or more characters, in disagreement, in any shape or form will draw the reader in! ‘No, it won’t.’ ‘yes, it will, your reader wants some kind of resolution… or the sequel.’
Love, hate, joy and fear, if you can get the reader to engage with these emotions you’ll have them hanging on every word you write. Why do you think love and horror stories are so well read!
A story should move from A to B, it shouldn’t be static. Even waiting, as in for Godot, is progress; implied progress counts in writing if not in business.
Variety of language
The use of passive vocabulary, which consists of words people know the meaning of, or understand in context, but is not used every day, is something to keep well stocked. Try eating the dictionary.
Use your voice
All great cooks have a signature dish, or speciality, as a writer you need to find an ingredient that is your own, unique to you. Sounds daunting but it is an ingredient you already have stocked, you simply need to use it.
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Then, it’s out with the utensils and time to start cooking. You have a story, blog or article to write.
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