Follow Your Hero

Follow Your Hero

A writing tip from Mr. Ray Bradbury: First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!

This statement seems so obvious, yet many of us fail to do it. We opt to tell the story (yawn) instead of letting our hero show us how it’s done.

You’ve heard of the writing mantra “show don’t tell,” yes? If you have a hard time understanding exactly how to achieve that goal, imagine yourself holding a video camera and recording a scene in front of you. Reiterate the action and dialogue as it is taking place, as you see and hear it. This will get you on the road to a more inviting story that will keep your reader invested–and hopefully coming back for more!

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