Writing a Jigsaw

September 2, 2015 hollie8985 Writing Adventures

I’ve always thought of the different parts of a story as puzzle pieces. Depending on how you put them together, where you move them, how you interact with them, changes what your puzzle looks like.

Before I started writing, I knew some of the key pieces to writing a good romance.

I know too much or too little description can be bad.

I understand the term, show don’t tell.

I’ve seen the difference it makes when an author knows their character like a friend compared to an acquaintance.

In short before I started, I held a number of the puzzle pieces, I didn’t know how they fit together but that’s how it should be.

What I didn’t know, is the entire puzzle includes double-sided prism-jewelled pieces. So how does the puzzle to work? They say get to know your characters, and yes learning every single little secret helps build amazing characters. If I know my character is afraid of the dark for a reason, when I send them into the cellar, there will be depth to their fear. But what about world building can we have the same level of understanding as easily?

For me it’s fairly simple, the forest my characters live in (well the one in our world anyway) is only an hour or so from home. I can go and visit, take lots of photos and bring home to play with.

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I can remember the new young trees growing amongst their elders or I can make the same photo look like different parts of the forest. Old and dark or magical, I can add colours anything that works for my world.

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If you write Historical or Sci-fi books that doesn’t sound as easy to accomplish, but if you put your mind to it, with a little camera mumbo-jumbo. You can produce amazing results. I took these in my garden and used free photo editing software.

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Mars maybe?

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What planet could this be?

Authors have some if the greatest imaginations in the world, you only have to look at the range of titles and themes just under the romance umbrella. Use your imagination to your own advantage in the long run it can only help your work, if nothing else its fun.

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