It’s tricky — sifting through tip after tip for our writing careers to find ideas and strategies, searching, above all, for those that suit our unique schedules, rhythms, and working styles.
Here’s one great tip to help almost every writer:
This one-minute tip serves us all. After that, you can repeat it anytime for the same story or another project…
Write out your tag line.
Write the whole story in a sentence, and the task becomes clear. It’s such a useful practice, and so quick, that it works like magic for most storytelling. Furthermore, it takes only moments to jot it down. Here’s mine:
Mrs Stella Ryman is an octogenarian sleuth, trapped in a down-at-heel care home. You’d be cranky, too.
For more on writing tag lines, I recommend Blake Snyder’s engaging and invaluable Save the Cat.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant week in your writing career. Cheers Mel
There’s a new Stella Ryman book in town: The Labours of Mrs Stella Ryman.
Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and the Monument Studios Mysteries starring Frankie Ray as The Extra. Mel is Senior Acquisitions Editor with Pulp Literature Press.
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