…for most people the idea of writing a book usually happens because they’ve a story that they need to get out of their head and onto paper.
Writing one to win a bet…well…that’s probably well down the list of reasons for writing a book.
But for Dr Suess, a bet given to him by his publisher went on to become a best selling book.
The bet was that he couldn’t write a book using just 50 different words.
You’ve probably read the result of the bet….’Green Eggs And Ham.’
Although never a fan of the book myself – now knowing the backstory to the book – I now see it in a different light, and it’s a helluva accomplishment.
That’s a lot like fiction writing. The more you know your character’s backstory, the better the book you can write.
Everything hinges on how good your characters are.
Put weak characters in a great plot and you’ll still have a forgettable book. – It’s the equivalent of a Hollywood movie that’s all explosions, special effects, and poor story.
On the other hand, a great character can live long after your reader has closed your book.
Now if I bet that even you could create a character like that you’d probably doubt your ability to do it.
But….if I showed you 26 ways to create a living breathing character for any genre…I’m sure you’d have a little more belief in yourself.
Up for a bet?
PS – And I was also saying his name wrong all these years too. It’s actually pronounced….’Dr. Zoice.’