How do you sequence the events in your stories to make them not-boring?
You don’t do a 1-2-3 chronological telling.
We don’t live chronologically, despite all appearances. We live experience by experience.
So when you write, ask yourself: what sequence of events will convey the feeling and the outcome I intend?
My story about the birth of my son could have been pain-pain-pain-pain-birth-joy. Boring.
I wanted to convey joy, despite the seemingly unending events and decisions made without my approval or choice. Snow. Cold. Nasty nurses. Shots. Cuts. Ending? Joy.
I wanted my reader to feel the tension of the experience to be placed first, so I chose what, to me at that time, was the most harrowing event.
Then, scenario after scenario, I took you through this-pain, that-pain, until a sharp shift to totally different location and scene.
This way, your attention is held all the way through what could have been a boring-ho-hum one-more-birth story.
By introducing the rude doctor first, it plopped tension to the mix right away.
See how you can do that in your own next story.
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