Writing tip 12. How I write.

Painting yourself in a corner. 

This is another term I like to use for myself when I am writing. It is exactly as it sounds. I go with the flow and sometimes on occasion I find myself in this scenario. I went with a great idea but ended up in some impossible situation that may or may not work. But because I like where it took me, I need to figure out how I am going to make this work. 

Most of the time I think things through, but on occasion, an idea takes me on a detour and I end up painting myself in a corner. This little hiccup is awesome. I don’t see it as a reason to panic. I see it as a reason to be creative. Assuming we go back to our serial killer situation with a father and a boyfriend and they meet up ready to kill each other… We love the situation as to how they got there, we love the idea of them meeting but we are not ready for the fight. We can use several mechanisms to relieve the stress and prolong this climactic moment. 

We can use a planted seed or another character to pop up at the moment we need them to help us get unstuck. This could be a point where they need to temporarily work together to get out of a sticky situation. Comic relief is certainly one way to go. Even the most dramatic situation could be broken up by something interesting, funny or unusual. We could have someone flying a drone or practicing flying a drone. This could be a neighbour near the house and the two guys are caught on camera. It could be an annoying dog that comes and pisses on one of the characters. 

The possibilities are endless and so we need to figure out the setting the time the place for all these incidents. If a man always says good morning to the elderly neighbour and its clockwork because the old lady is always on the porch. It would seem interesting if one day she is not. 

·      Routine 

·      Comedy 

·      Hobbies 

·      Vices 

These are just some of the things we can and need to count on to make things fun and make it easier to write. Without these additional tools, it is very difficult to keep things alive and moving in a book or a script. Additionally, we can use pets or animals to add to the story. Kids too are a fun way to keep things moving because kids and pets are unpredictable. 

I once did a small class for a Montessori school. A young lady asked a question. Her dad was a gardener, they owned a large business and she wanted to write a story about a tree. Well the tree itself could be boring. However, an old tree could have seen so much. It could have experienced so much. There is a story right there. If we took it a step forward and the tree would be cut down, would its life flash before its eyes? 

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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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