i think my biggest question in scary movies is how are you gonna explain all these deaths? like what do you say?
"well detective, i know me and my five friends all went out to this remote isolated cabin together and they all died gruesomely and i’m covered in blood, and there’s no evidence of anyone being there but us, but you have to believe me, it wasn’t me, it was a ghost"
like if you are the survivor you are going straight to prison
The real problem with books-turned-movies isn’t “omg they didn’t include every single word in the book” it’s “omg they completely overlooked the main theme, threw out any significant allegories, took away all the emotional pull, an turned it into a boring action movie with a love triangle in it”
After constructing over 400(ish) posts on the art of writing, I’ve started to see some patterns. I feel like I’m always mentioning the same things and I worry about repeating myself. However, I realized that I say a few things over and over again because they’re important and they are the building blocks of writing a good story. Researching these topics and coming up with the same results has improved my writing over the past year and a half and I hope I have helped you. As a summary of all these posts, I’ve come up with the 3 biggest writing mistakes that MANY novelists make.
Weak character development
Character development is one of the most important things to focus on when it comes to writing. In order for people to care about your story, they must care about your characters. Do whatever you need to do to work on character development. Read blog posts, get books from the library, fill out character forms, etc. Developing strong characters is so important and crucial to any story. Here are a few posts I’ve done myself to get you started.
Being too wordy, over describing what’s going on, and over writing scenes is something that nearly every writer does. This is okay in your first draft, but you need to remember to edit these things down later. If you can say something in two words instead of a paragraph, do it. Don’t overuse adverbs and adjectives. Describe only what is necessary to your story or else you’ll drag it down and bore your readers.
How much you need to plan can vary, but it’s hard to jump write into a full length novel without any preparation. If you’re having plot problems, this might be because you haven’t planned enough. Take the time to prewrite and brainstorm before you begin writing. It will save you time and frustration later on. If you spend a good amount of time planning, you’ll also get your creative juices flowing. You’ll come up with great ideas that you might have missed otherwise.
It’s amazing that people will see a kid yelled at or manhandled by a parent and say “It’s not my business, you can’t tell someone how to raise their kid” but if someone lets their son wear a dress it’s a public discussion.