Is writing your story harder than you thought it would be?
Welcome to a very large club.
Sure it’s hard. But maybe it’s you.
Maybe you need to look at your process differently.
Be honest — are you basing your writing, are you staking your dream, on your experience as a reader?
Do you really believe that because you’ve been reading books since you were a kid, that because you’ve read everything that Nora Roberts or Robert Heinlein or Tom Clancy or John Irving or Michael Connelly have written, that you can do what they do? That you can compete at their level?
That you know what they know, and thus, what you need to know?
Too many do. Too few realize the seductive, evil fallacy of that belief.
Too few understand the nature of the magic of a great story.
If that’s you, or if you know someone who comes to writing from that place, consider this.
To readers a great story seems like one of two things: it looks easy… or it looks like magic.
But to a writer that understands the magic, it’s all physics and mechanics and principles dancing with a demanding muse. Just like the magician, storyteling is about diverting attention, then commanding attention, then paying it off.
It’s about being in complete command of every moment of the show. And not letting the show run itself.
You can’t hope to create magic by simply attending a magic show.
You can’t understand how it’s done, the mechanics of the illusion, the sleight of hand, unless you are a magician, too.
Then you see it right away. Then you can learn from what you see. While everyone else is simply amazed and entertained.
You need to turn yourself into the literary equivalent of a magician, join the insider’s club and learn the secrets of the trade.
And then, from that point forward, learn from every other magician you see.
You need to master the trade before you can hope to fool an audience into believing and investing in what you’re showing them.
And then, once mastered, you must create your own illusion as you evolve in your craft. To find your own voice and niche.
Abrakadabra — you’re a writer.
It’s that easy, isn’t it?