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How To Animate A World: Fiction Writing Class

My Fiction writing class is going well. We’re at the 5th assignment mark , where we are  instructed to write a 400 word dialogue between three characters who are put in a conversation where they don’t know what’s happening. I’m also looking forward to starting the FutureLearn Writing Class on Monday.

If you’re interested in this class, go to http://www.open.ac.uk/choose/ou/open-content or visit their Facebook page at https:.www.facebook.com/theopenuniversity .

I thought this video might stir the juices of creatives who want to become the next Stephen King or somewhere there abouts 🙂

This week, the class is “How To Animate a World” and it’s about creating character and dialogue. We’re learning from some of the best established authors out here. For this assignment, two moderators said something that resonated with me.  Margot Livesey, author of seven novels and one short story collection reminds us that dialogue in fiction is more than ‘showing not telling;’ it’s showing what can’t be told.”

Mahsa Mohebal , author of 4 works of fiction tells writers that it’s very important to be a writer for yourself-not for your friends.

Hmm, I suppose I should start drafting those character dialogues, because I’m plain tired of having my short stories rejected.

What are you doing to enhance your professional development ?

Writing Advice From Stephen King

Can’t say I’m a big fan of his work. I mean, that salivating/vicious canine just about scared me to elimination! anyho, that’s painting a pic of just how scared his creative gift for grotesque gets to me… The creepy, satanic clown / that vicious jawed shark…well, you get my meaning. Seems recently, the great master of fright was captured by Youtube giving out advice on what makes a great writer…

Stephen King tells writers that in order to be a writer, you must read. “You have to write”, he insists.
Read a lot. Write a lot. Be well read, if for no other reason than to experience that moment he calls ‘Magic’ when one picks up anothers book, only to find out that he/she knows ,”I can do better than that. this sucks!”

I’m a writer who can surely relate to that sentiment. How about you? Ever read some obvious crap and known that you could do better? Ok, what are we waiting for people? Let’s create! Let’s get paid!