Writing tip 9. How I write.

Falling in love with our creations. 

The reason we fall in love with our characters is that we make up their story and raise them as our children. We can talk like them, act like them and love them for those reasons. In our case, Lucky is now much older now. Larry and Lucky are characters and we see that they both come from troubled backgrounds because we designed it that way. It is up to us to give them hope or continue trying to get better and stronger while throwing obstacles in their path. 

If for example, Lucky is always late, she may miss her flight and, in the process, meet the man of her dreams that flew into town as a serial murderer. The two then begin a relationship. The plot twist here could be that Larry would pick up on the signs of a serial killer and begin to look at the new boyfriends’ actions, and reactions and see himself in him also as a serial killer. 

I may or may not have done much explaining here but that’s the way my mind works. Nevertheless, most of the time I brew things in my head with great planning for the throughline. I always know the beginning middle and end. The same as a movie script. I know where I want to be at what point in my story. This sometimes hinders me because I want to rush to the end of my book. It would be so easy to say Lucky meets Tim, they fall in love, Lucky finds out that her boyfriend is a serial killer. Confides in her dad about the fact and later finds out that they are both killers out to save her. 

This gives us the outline and in most cases, I do not write this down. What I tend to do is this. 

1.     Characters 

2.     Traits and quirks 

3.     Through line 

4.     Details (I make notes as they come up) 

5.     Pain points (Give them problems to solve) 

6.     The framework or skeleton of the story 

7.     Hang the meat on the skeleton 

8.     Solve problems. 

9.     Hurt everyone. 

10.  Kill people. 

11.  Love people. 

12.  Make them cry 

13.  Come up with solutions 

14.  Keep the end in mind. 

These things may not be 100% in order. They are things I keep in mind and work with to keep the story strong. A love story needs to have a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope, despair, tears and all, give the reader hope and doubt. 

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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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