Change Things

Stories can be boring. Or interesting. They can be perfectly right. Or terribly wrong. Sometimes the only difference is in the mind of the writer during the act of creating said story. If you have any reservations at all about your own story, there’s something you can do to figure it out and fix anything that might be wrong.

Take it apart. Rearrange whole chunks. Tighten the timeline or lengthen it. Change the locale, the weather, the writing style. Maybe even the genre. Do you like the new story better than the original? If so, then go with the new one because more often than not, your story will be better for the rearranging. That goes for characters as well as plot. Change their roles and see if they fit better somewhere else. They just might.

If nothing about the new arrangement grabs you, then stick with what you have because it’s probably the best arrangement for that story. If not then keep rearranging until you know it’s the best possible way to tell whatever story you’re telling.

And when you have a spare moment or two, think of a story you didn’t like. Movie, book, whatever. Take that story apart and change it until it’s the way you think it should be. The practice will show you how easy this technique is and how valuable.

And maybe you’ll have found a new story in that old awful one you’re using for practice that’s just waiting for you to write it.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Mimi On Life

It's always a story with the Hendersons!

Elan Mudrow

The Ridges of Intertextuallity

Florence Witkop's free stories

a gift for signing up for my newsletter

Oscar Relentos

Welcome to my catharsis

Clean Indie Reads

Home of Flinch-Free Fiction

A mom's blog

“A child is God's opinion that the world should go on.”

Wiley's Wisdom

Joy: From the Ground Up

Life with Tess

Living, Loving and Sharing Life ...

Love Conquers


Pamela D. Beverly

Just my opinion!

Folio and Ink

Literature, Poetry, Commentary, and Literary Criticism


And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds HEB. 10:24

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


Kristen James

Top 100 Bestselling Romance Author

Pepper Phillips

Southern sass with a touch of heart...

C.S. Wilde

Epic battles & love stories larger than life.


easy reading is damn hard writing


Photographs from my world. - Product Reviews

Clean romances with hunky heroes and resourceful heroines

%d bloggers like this: