Here's a tip that worked for me. If you have your story in mind but can't seem to get started. If that first paragraph and chapter just elude your best efforts and you just aren't making any headway, try this. Find a 10 year old (or thereabouts) and ask him if you can tell him a story. Maybe 2 or 3 youngsters would even be better. When your youthful audience is sitting in front of you, mouth hanging open, waiting for your story, i'll give you odds that your story will come tumbling out. It's much easier to tell a story to a child than to an adult or as a first paragraph. When you've done it, rush off and write it down before you forget it.
However, as far as i know, I'm the only one of the eight or so members of our study group that has re-invented himself as I have. Some of them have continued in the insurance industry very successfully, some have retired very happily but none have changed their avocation or occupation as drastically as I or others have. So maybe that experience wasn't as important as I thought? Or maybe it was just me??
Maybe the bug was in me all the time. In college I talked my way into writing a weekly column for the long lost Berkeley Gazette. A column about local successful businessmen. I also wrote a short story for children entitled "Sylvester The Stuttering Seagull". It never sold.
If you're thinking about writing your first novel, DON'T !! A novel has paragraphs, quotes, periods, commas, chapters, spell check and lots of other problems attached to it. It stops many budding authors in their tracks. Instead, DO tell a story to a friend. Did you ever start a long story to a friend by announcing, "Chapter One" at the outset??? Of course not. Tell the story, forget chapterizing. If necessary name your computer after your favorite friend and type as if you were talking to him. More to come.
Richard Wren, Author
trying to finish the next Joshua, working with script writer on “CASEY” and working with sewing factory in New Jersey on pricing my “Web-sock”, well you get the picture. As of yesterday I hired an intern to help with some of the details. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying almost every minute of it. For those of you that have not yet bought JOSHUA’S REVENGE, here’s a sample, and for those that have read it but not commented on it on AMAZON, it’s easy to do and would be greatly appreciated by me. –Also, please send this on to YOUR friends, thanks again.
To my friends. I just put excerpts from the first two chapters of “JOSHUA’S REVENGE” on Facebook. I’ve been busy re-vamping the Website,(almost done),
Richard L. Wren
IN HIS NEW CAREER AS AN AUTHOR, RICHARD DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS TALL, DARK, HANDSOME AND A LIAR. A FOURTH GENERATION CALIFORNIAN, A SAILOR, FATHER OF FOUR BEAUTIFUL AND SUPPORTIVE DAUGHTERS, AND HUSBAND TO ONE OF THE BEST WIVES OF ALL TIME. [MORE]