Fiction Writing

I’m writing a suspense/horror story. I’m up to page 34. I find the trick to writing good fiction is to convey implausible events in such a way that the reader finds it believable. I create characters based partly on me and on other people I know in real life and then I give them a twist and make them do things the people I know wouldn’t ordinarily do. I also find that writing fiction is largely different from writing blog essays (esse?). It’s an entirely different ballgame, kind of like playing 9-ball as opposed to 8-ball.

One other thing I’ve noticed is that I produce better writing with a pen and a pad of paper than I do typing away at a keyboard. I think the reason is that since I write slower than I can type I’m artificially forced to slow down which gives me more time to produce exact verbage. I also like to circle phrases and draw arrows indicating where I want them moved and double underlining letters I should have capitalized the first time. It makes me feel smarter than arrow keying, copying and pasting, and hitting delete. I think that makes me old school.

I read somewhere that for American students writing in cursive is becoming a lost art. I think that’s kind of sad even though I made a conscious decision to stop writing in cursive when I was in high school because when I do everything comes out looking like Arabic. My handwriting has not improved since the second grade which is just about the time that Dan Stowell and I used to melt crayons on the metal water pipe heaters at the back of Mrs. Thornton’s class. I can still hear her voice right now: MOCKEL BAH-EEZA! She also used to say “warsh” instead of “wash.” Don’t forget to warsh your balls. Hahaha! Warsh!

I must find a way to work melted crayon wax into this horror story.

3 Responses to “Fiction Writing”

  1. Phelps says:

    I started writing in cursive in 4th grade when they forced me to, and stopped in the 7th grade when they didn’t care anymore. My cursive was always illegible. (Actually, almost everyone’s cursive is illegible, come to think of it.)

  2. mexi says:

    I seem to remember being required to write our high school essays in cursive. I wrote my esses but they never wrote me back.

  3. R says:

    A high school English professor forced us into about a week of “cursive” boot camp. It was ridiculous.

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