Friday, July 31, 2015

Back To The Basics

Yes, there was a time when reading the classics was required reading. Not for the writing skills, but for the wonderful stories the author's weaved. 

Books like Moby Dick and To Kill a Mocking Bird were all the rage a long time ago and became a part of our nation's curriculum in schools. The main reason - get your kids to enjoy reading.

Reading is fundamental. It helps a child become a thinker and hopefully well-educated. But there are some drawbacks to reading the classics - the writing skills are horrible. Which leads to people, unfortunately, believing that's what a book is supposed to read like. Since the dawn of these books, writing has come a long way. There have been changes implemented that help to create novels that are tight, clean and worthy of reading.

Learning creative writing skills are a bonus for the writer. Your books flow so much better and keep the attention of the reader. Now that's a benefit we can all reap. Isn't that what you want? To hear positive reviews from fans?

I know staying within the skill parameter can be difficult, but it's worth it in the long run. There is a lot to learn, but once it all sinks in, it becomes second nature. And readers aren't left feeling like you were too lazy to do revisions and just published your rough-draft.

I have tried to teach the basics the last couple of years to not only help my writer friends to write better, but for the reputation of those of us who self-publish. It will help your sales. Although I'm not the greatest at social marketing (which is another great way to sell books), I do try. In fact, I'm always open to those of you who are good at marketing to give me some hints.

But when it comes to the basic creative writing skills, I know them pretty well and love to share so that your book becomes the next great read!

I do believe we all need to go back to the basics and work our way to the professional writer we were born to be. Even the greats should have gone back to the basics, but that was a long time ago. 

Are there any writing skills you have trouble with? Do you have any great hints for social marketing? Leave me a comment and help me out and I will be sure to return the favor!

Love, Lisa


  1. Hi,
    Great article. Right now, I am looking for a reference book on integrating flashbacks by using dialogue into your story. If you know of any titles that deal specifically with that, I'd appreciate it.

  2. Hi Pat! Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you. For some reason this comment didn't go to my email. I don't know of a book like that, but if it's a long flashback then you can write it separately and in another font, or italics for effect. If it's conversation, then the character is simply explaining the story. I wouldn't make it too long though, or have plenty of action tags to break up the dialog. Does that make sense? Thanks for the comment and let me know you got this.