Examples are the best learning tool!
Welcome! My name is Kristin Bradley and I'm excited you're here.
When I had started studying writing craft, the topics I remembered best were always paired with detailed examples.
I could see what was being taught in action.
If a topic—such as character arcs or point of view—didn’t have an example, despite it being detailed and well written, I’d often have to reference it several times.
I understood what was being taught but, sometimes, I wasn’t really confident that my execution of those principles was correct.
I didn’t want others to go through the same challenges I had developing my skill as a writer. And I thought, why not share what I have studied with examples?
Let me define what I mean by examples.
Some of my examples might be “book reviews” that label voice, have character analyses, and a plot breakdown, along with other components.
I might create a few fun sentences or several story-like paragraphs that reflect the writing principle I’m teaching on.
I might use TV or movies in a very practical, tangible manner.
I might do something else entirely.
Why are examples so important?
Stories have incredible impact.
If a story is poorly crafted, that impact suffers. No author wants their story to fall flat. To be forgotten.
In order to create a well-written story, you have to study writing craft. If you don’t, your writing process often grinds to a halt or is extraordinarily difficult.
Learning by example makes the writing process more efficient. Because imagery is tied to the topic you've studied, you will be able to recall and apply the concept more easily when writing.
You will be able to write your story well that much more quickly!
In other words…
Learning by example allows you to write your story with greater authority.
I know you just want to get your book out there.
Writing fiction well is important. More important than it appears at first.
Since the advent of self-publishing, the quality of fiction has seriously declined.
Anyone who desires to write and publish a book can!
In one regard, this is wonderful because it allows greater diversity of fiction in the marketplace when there may have been preferential hurdles with publishing houses.
But it also brings a challenge with it. Publishing houses provided quality control for the fiction they published. Books had to meet a certain standard before they hit the stores. The standard was high.
Because publishing houses are a business first, sadly, they’ve had to lower their quality standards to be able to stay in business.
This change has been SO unfortunate.
You're probably thinking writing is HARD! I agree! It’s one of the hardest things someone could ever do. But writing fiction that could be better also encourages readers to accept less than your best.
Consider what Rachel Starr Thomson says: “I finally came face to face with Jesus’ parable of the talents and realized that if I had a gift and desire to write, I had a responsibility to write. That prompted a significant shift in how I treated my writing and how I put it into the world.” You can watch her insightful video here.
With that perspective in mind, this means that as His representative on Earth, the stories I create reflect back upon Him. I need to be responsible so the stories He put inside me have the greatest impact possible.
But I am only human and capable of so much. I’m constantly working to improve myself and I’m sure you are too!
So, remember to give yourself grace!
Joyce Meyer views it this way: “Trust God to help you do your best, and trust Him to do the rest.”
I endeavor to help decrease your learning frustration, increase your confidence in both understanding and execution of writing technique, and empower you to write your story well!
So tell me . . . what adventure will your words tell today?
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