Writing tip 5. How I write.

Since this is not a class and there are no tests or grades, let’s assume we have our first character. Let’s assume we will write a poem about this little girl in grade 7. 

If she was down because her best friend left her there all alone or her crush just trampled on her heart we could piece together a poem for her.  

This could be a sad poem about her friend or a terribly sad poem about her crush since life as she knows it is over. The point is that we can have a dozen scenarios as to why she is sad and write a few lines about her immediately because we have established a few important things. Plus we have developed her character for the poem. Jot down a few things. Tears, sadness, anger, loss, alone and so on. All we need to do is put those keywords in a sentence to have a few lines of a poem. 

You’ve already stopped to think about how those can fit. If you need to; put a few sentences together and see how you do. Keep in mind this simple exercise is just that. A way to get your brain to work.  

We have established a few things and these are or these can be our foundation. After all much like a house, we need to build a strong foundation for our story and then build a frame, roof and so on.  

Now that we established this, we can move to the next step. We have not given this girl in grade 7 a background or a backstory. All we have is a poem about a sad little girl. Where did this character come from, what is her name? Her name could be part of her backstory. A certain type of name can be a certain race, place or event. If we call her Lucky, maybe she was lucky at birth because she had her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck and almost died. 

Maybe her name is Violet, and she was unexpectedly born in a garden. The possibilities are endless and this helps us with the rest of the story. Assuming we are going to write about this little girl we need to establish her mom and dad. The same character breakdown is needed for them and with this, we give them personalities and characters.  

We have all this from a single snippet of information, a little girl sitting at a table in a school cafeteria. We can run amuck with the rest of the info and I can see your wheels are turning. Not time to get rolling, not just yet.  

Once more I like to jump into something else. Remember, this works for me. If you need to adjust something that you do to make things work do so. If you want to try something new and tear away from a constant rut you are in then stick to what I am telling you. 

I am not going to tell you how to write or what to write. This works for me. 

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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