How to write by the seat of your pants: outline or not
by Chris Wager
I draw my writing from my passions. I never write without a purpose, without something to say or a point to make. The greatest challenge is being able to put down on paper what it is you are feeling without making it too wordy.
Example: She opened the front door; suitcase in hand. Tears flowed down her face with every breath. Her eyes blurred. She couldn’t hold herself under the weight of her breaking heart and collapsed to her knees crying.
He joined her on the floor, this broken creature he once swore his faithfulness and trust. He grabbed her in his arms. She pushed away catching him across the face with her open hand.
“No, don’t touch me…I…I…loved you!”
He pulled her to him again, this time she didn’t resist sobbing in his arms.
“What are we going to do?” She whispered.
“Beth, I am so sorry, I love you; I can’t live without you.” Tears gathered in the corner of his eyes.
The two remain there, in the silent darkness sharing the comprehension of his betrayal.
This example came off the top of my head, then I would go back and read through it several times. Many times free writing is the best form of creativity.
Benjamin Holt is an average thirteen-year-old streetwise kid living in Lower Manhattan during the 1930′s. His world is turned upside down, when a simple case of mistaken identity by the cops has him accidently taking refuge in the belly of the tramp steamer U.S.S. Alexandria bound for the wilds of Africa. Along the way, Benjamin must face the challenges of living at sea, a captain’s dream of treasure, and a first mate who would just as soon feed him to the sharks.
Ben’s troubles are only beginning when he is taken hostage by an evil German colonel. He survives a daring escape, only to find himself on a volcanic island battling bloodthirsty natives. Things go from bad to worse as this explosive adventure unfolds around him. Ben must find it in himself to become the most unlikely hero before it is over if he is to make it home again.
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Genre – Contemporary Fiction
Rating – PG13
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