There are so many great ideas and tips available to us for writing and for managing our writing careers within the context of our lives at large, that we could spend our whole days saving time and never get a word written, a meal cooked, or the car washed.
To find and apply the tips that work best for each of us as we create our careers in ways that suit our unique schedules, rhythms, and working styles, is a tricky business.
But a one-minute tip, employed at least once a week, serves all of us.
Write the tag line.
Write the whole story in one sentence, and the task becomes clear. It’s such a useful practice, and so quick, that it almost works like magic for storytelling.
Mrs Stella Ryman is an octogenarian sleuth, trapped in a down-at-heel care home.
For more on writing tag lines, I recommend Blake Snyder’s engaging and invaluable Save the Cat.
I hope you’ll have another brilliant week in your writing career. Cheers Mel
Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries was long listed for the 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and won the May 2018 Literary Titan Book Award. Thanks for that, lovely to hear.
Mel Anastasiou writes The Fairmount Manor Mysteries series, starring Mrs Stella Ryman, The Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries series, starring Spencer Stevens, and the Monument Studio Mysteries starring Frankie Ray. She is an Acquisitions Editor with Pulp Literature Press.
If you enjoy reading Mel Anastasiou’s writing tips, get her pocket-sized writing guide, The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Towards an Extraordinary Volume, here. Motivates, entertains, organizes, encourages, inspires. Coming soon from Pulp Literature Press: The Writer’s Friend and Confidante, a Thirty-Day Guide to Narrative Structure