It has come to my attention recently that anyone can be a writer. Anyone can write a story.
However, there is a huge difference between writing a story and writing a good story. This difference is caused by something I like to call ‘creative lying’ or imagination and having the staying power to follow it up.
Now, by creative lying I don’t mean ‘No, I didn’t write that report for you boss because, when I went to do it, I found that there was a parrot at my desk and it had eaten through the computers power cable and then it attacked my auntie with a spoon....No sir, I wasn’t drunk at all and it was the parrot and not the hangover that stopped me writing it’. That’s just silly; everyone knows that parrots can’t drive so how did it get into your office? A total lack of staying power!
What I mean is writing a story about a mundane, every day thing and then making people want to read more. My sister is a fantastic creative liar but she doesn’t have staying power. Her greatest triumph (and failure) came about at the age of about 6. Someone asked her why we didn’t have a dad. She told them that he had died of a heart attack when she was 6 months old. Now, the kid she was telling this to had no idea what a heart attack was...and neither did my sister. Not wanting to admit her ignorance, she told the girl that it meant that dad had been eaten by a shark.
Now, here’s the thing about staying power and the reason it is so important when one is creatively lying: Months after my sister started telling people this, one of the parents at the school was speaking to our mother. ‘I know it was a long time ago but I’ve just found out what happened to your husband. It must have been awful! Where were you when it happened?’ to which my mother replied ‘Thanks, it was awful, he was sat in the arm chair in our living room.’
After a long pause, the parent said ‘Umm...you do know that Amy is telling people he was eaten by a shark, right?’
See? Staying Power. Amy had come up with a brilliant story but she hadn’t thought to add anything to it to stop her being corrected. Yes, she was 6 and yes, she had no idea that a heart attack and a shark attack were two completely different things but she could have tried!
So, when writing a story for this forum please remember: have a point
Damn, I forgot to mention the reason I was writing this is to remind people to get to the point!
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