For writers asking me how to think like a writer. Check out this review of "Queen of Dragons". The reviewer knows his genre, reads a lot and analyzes the books he reads. Not just whether he liked it or not; but articulating the specific reason something is unpalatable or unrealistic is what writers do.
If you find this hard, it's because you don't read enough stories and think critically what you like and did not like in the writing. Spend more time writing and reading scripts and sussing out what you do or don't like and the writer brain will kick in...
If you're writing a memoir, you should be reading memoirs and analyzing what you love....become an expert on memoirs. When I was writing a solo show, I read and saw solo shows and really broke down in my head structurally what was appealing: action packed stories, mulit character monologues, social commentary, actors becoming mulit-characters to tell an individual story, shows with scenes intermixed with monologues.
I became an expert at not only watching/reading shows, but reading reviews and critically looking at the structure of a show and why it worked or did not work for me. Same is true of TV writing. Who is writing stuff you love? Why do you love it? Do they have a formula? From Friends to Enemies, tear jerker, villain who is redeemed? how to they move from plot point to plot point?
Shonda Rhimes most definitely has a tried and true formula: could you articulate it if asked? If not, go watch each and episode and figure it out. The Bernie Mac Show has a formula as well, what is it? 1st person address, absurdist dilmemmas, deep emotional connections that are expressed in quirky ways? what's the road map to a single episode? Watch it and figure it out.
If you want to write, this is what writers do. They consume writing and study it.
TIP: reading good reviewers is a good way to start thinking more critically: I dig The Guardian and the RogerEbert.com; the reviewers are great writers, talk structure and genre and I trust their conclusions. Most reviewers just regurgitate the plot. Anybody can do that. Good reviewers are critically thinking writers.
Immerse yourself in the craft and the craft will start to feel good and complete instead of a misunderstood struggle.
" Queen of Thrones" by Shana Abe review by Booker
"Booker Feb 19, 2018: #did-not-bother-worldbuilding, #mediocre, #fantasy
So... I found out far too late into the book that this was probably a romance novel written by someone who generally writes romance novels. Keep this in mind, as I do not particularly like romance as a genre. Good execution can make me enjoy it, mind, and I'm generally fine with romance in a story if it makes sense, though preferably when it's not the main plot. Because of this, I'm specifically writing this review to avoid commenting too much on the love story, aside to co
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