Artful writing requires patience and attention to detail.
Here are some tips to help you create that balance.—Jodi Hernandez, WriterThe Art of Writing is a new book by the authors of “The Artificer” and “The Alchemist” and the award-winning author of the upcoming memoir, “The Unspoken Art of Being a Writer.”
It was co-authored with the poet, playwright, and playwright John Mulholland.
The book has been released in paperback, and will be available digitally on Oct. 27.
“Artful writing” refers to writing that works with words to create a narrative and build a sense of meaning.
“The art of writing is a skill,” Hernandez wrote.
“It’s the ability to take a story, put words together, and create a sense in the reader that the story is a meaningful experience.
It is about the process and the result, and the art of it.
Artful writers make great writers.”
The Art Of Writing is packed with a wealth of tips on writing, and Hernandez shares some of her favorite examples, which she calls “The Four Cs.”
These are the four fundamental building blocks of a good, engaging novel: character, theme, theme-building, and theme-making.
“The art is the process of bringing the reader into the story,” Hernandez said.
“So you should know the story, you should write the story.
And then you should also know your reader.
So you need to know your readers.
The art is also how you create a connection between the reader and the story.”
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“I’ve been writing a lot longer than I thought I would,” Hernandez explained.
“But the writing process I’ve been doing, I’ve learned a lot from people like Henry James and John Steinbeck.
So I think the more you learn, the more interesting the writing will be.”
To help you write better, Hernandez shares three of her favorites that she believes can help you become a better writer: 1) Read what your audience wants to hear; 2) Be thoughtful about what you’re saying; and 3) Write from the perspective of the reader.
Here are some of the highlights from the book:1.
Write from The Perspective of the Reader.
“This is the first and most important principle of writing: The reader wants to read what you are saying,” Hernandez told me.
“He wants to know what’s going on, and to be in control of his own story.
I’ve found that when I read a story that I think I’m writing, I end up feeling like I’m telling the reader something he or she doesn’t want to hear.”
Hernandez points to an example she gave in her book.
In a chapter about the dangers of over-analyzing life, she writes, “When I read about a woman who had died, I felt like I was being too analytical.”
In fact, the chapter was about how she struggled with grief and the importance of letting go of judgment.
She went on to say, “It felt like an interrogation, and it was so painful.”
That chapter is one of the four essential elements of a great novel.
“I think that reading the reader’s story, and not being too detailed about what happens to them, and feeling the story through their eyes, that’s the foundation of good fiction,” Hernandez continued.
“If you’ve written a book that doesn’t have the four basic elements, you’re probably going to write a very poor story.”
Hiding behind a narrative can make it harder to tell the reader the full story, she said.
This is especially true if you’re a writer with an established, established structure and a story line that’s already been established in the first place.
“You need to write the best book you can for the reader,” Hernandez added.
“And you also need to have a story to tell.”
Hettles said that writing about her family and her experiences with mental illness made her feel like she was writing about herself.
“There’s a story there.
There’s a character.
And a story of what it’s like to live with a mental illness.
And the whole thing feels like it could be true,” Hernandez recalled.
“That was a big turning point for me, because I knew I wasn’t writing about myself.
And I didn’t know I wasn, either.”2.
Make the Characters You Create Real.
“My characters have a very particular kind of character,” Hernandez shared.
“They are very, very important in what I’m trying to say.
They are not just the person who gets in trouble, but the person whose character is broken down and put into this horrible situation.
And they’re not just a product of my writing, they’re my creation.”
Hollings wrote that in her story, “A Woman’s Mind,” a character named Jane gets caught in a conflict between