I’ve understood Literary Agent/author Eric Smith as an editor and friend for about a years now; I even wrote a review of his newest book, the wonderful Don’t Read the Comments, right here on BoingBoing
Unfortunately, Smith recently had to put down his precious corgi, Augie, after five and a half sweet years together. And while losing a pet dog is always hard, Smith penned a gorgeous tribute to his short-legged companion– in the form of composing advice. It begins thus:
When it concerns crafting the perfect story, suggestions tends to be relatively subjective. What might work for some authors, won’t always work for others.
But these particular rules … they worked for me.
Let’s talk about.
Very first and primary, at the extremely start of your story, you want to make the introduction of your character unforgettable. Readers are going to keep in mind 2 major things when they stroll away.
Generally, you should discover a method to shock us.
Yes, that video becomes part of it. You get the idea. It continues like that, all the method through the end of the storytelling procedure. The final result is not just a clear and succinct collection of good advice for good storytelling, but also a definitely tear-jerking homage to who was plainly a very sweet puppy who lived a life full of love.
If you love pet dogs, or storytelling, or weeping, or any combination thereof, I recommend you read it. BYO Tissues.
A Guide To Writing The Perfect Story[Eric Smith]
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