My Writing Secret, from Bo Keely

September 9, 2012 |

 Here´s my secret writing style after reading thousands of books and standing on the shoulders of my favorite masters: Steinback, L´Amour, Ayn Rand and Art Shay. This is for longer stories. The piece is shaped as the process of an individual walking down the street. There is a sequence of five events though not always in this order:

1. what the senses see, taste, hear
2. the thoughts
3. the feeling/emotion
4. action
5. interspersed with factual material about the stage

Generally, each of the five has a paragraph before moving to the next.

It´s pure formula writing, and a computer could almost do it.

If you think about it, this is what happens when walking down the street. The sequence of five varies with individuals, and a good story teller can train a person to react in a stronger sequence to events of his life.





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  1. steve on September 10, 2012 1:37 pm

    Steinbeck was just remarkable. His skill in creating characters next to none in American Literature.

    Tom Joad Grapes of Wrath
    Lennie Smalls Of Mice and Men
    The Trask Brothers East of Eden
    Danny Tortilla Flat
    Doc Cannery Row
    Charley Travels with Charley
    Kino The Pearl

    You want to learn how to write, read Steinbeck. Not only is he enjoyable he can be very dark, and he is very diverse.

    On the other side of the Pond who can compare to Dickens?

    David Copperfield:
    Aunt Betsey
    Mr. Murdstone
    Mr and Mrs Micawber
    Mr Dick
    Uriah Heep

    Bill Sykes
    The Artful Dodger

    A christmas carol
    Ebenezer Scrooge
    Jacob Marley
    Bob Cratchit
    Tiny Tim

    Just absolutely timeless characters. When you think of them you gather an instant image of what they looked like and who they have been.



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