Okay fellow scribes, it’s time to get your fingers moving. I have decided to get brave and feature a living, breathing writer of modern times this round. Per my usual nature, I’m not starting out small and working my way up. That would be too logical and structured for my tastes. I like to jump in with both feet. So for the May/June time slot, I am featuring the great Stephen King. I will pause for a second and let you catch your breath. You okay now? Okay, so now you’re thinking Amber, how am I going to tackle anything so monumental? Well, if you have read “On Writing” by Stephen King as almost every writer I know has, then you know that even he had his failures along the way and that’s okay. It’s those of us that persevere that succeed. Here’s your chance to push yourself an inch closer towards greatness today. Write a Stephen King inspired story (Not a plagiarized story. Just something with your interpretation of the King flavor.) And send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is June 26th. Stories will then be posted on my blog and you can pat yourself on the back and feel a little bit famous. You can walk a little taller and call yourself an official writer. That’s huge folks. Don’t underestimate the effect of the proper mindset on your writing career. Trust me. That is the first big hurdle you have to jump in this race. Not your writing skills, but the way you think of yourself. There is an entire chapter on imitating King in “Fiction Writing Master Class” by William Cane. Here are some tips to help you along the way:
1. Make the reader worried. Provide hints about a potential problem your protagonist is going to run into on down the road and make the protagonist likable. No one wants to see bad things happen to someone they like. Even if that someone is fictional.
2. Weave more mentions of this impending thing into your narrative in various places throughout.
3. Make readers wait to find out if this impending situation is going to happen. Don’t be afraid to string your reader’s along for a little while. They will love you for it.
4. Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to add a sprinkle of the supernatural to an ordinary situation.
Good luck and happy writing. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Change your mindset and set your fear aside. Go be awesome today!