Monday, 28 April 2014 19:01
by Brandon M Johnson
This week’s delightful and advice-filled blog post was originally submitted as an article on writing to Silver Blade magazine. Unfortunately, that magazine recently changed its editorial polices and no longer accepts such articles. However, we felt that the article deserved an audience because it lays out the elements of a good story in a concise, to-the-point way. Besides, with that title, it was too enticing to pass up. We hope you find it useful, and we hope that Brandon Johnson will consider sending us more such articles for our consideration in the future.
From Brandon Johnson:
Writing has much in common with confronting dragons. Imagine you are a swordsman walking through an enchanted forest when a dragon appears. Your first reaction to facing this dragon would not be to survey your surroundings or engage in pithy dialogue. No, you would run ahead, screaming as you thrust the blade into its abdomen. Writing a story is much like this. You are the swordsman and the reader is the dragon.