Go small to go big later

Memories, moments, scenes, nothing longer than a few pages, some only a line or two.
These bits and pieces kept flying out of me, and I kept writing them down.
~Abigail Thomas,
author of Thinking About Memoir

With most projects, I find that breaking them down into small specific pieces makes for greater success, and writing is no exception. To tell your big life story, you have to tell many smaller stories – and going small requires an emphasis on good storytelling which will make you a better writer.

So what are some good storytelling traits, you ask? Pick a scene you want to write, and try using these tips … finish reading this guest post at Tools & Tactics for Writers.

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Categories: flash basics, guest posts, writing tips

4 Comments on “Go small to go big later”

  1. Cate Russell-Cole
    February 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

    That is a great idea Chris. It overcomes the age-old problem of authors with several unfinished books laying around.

    • February 2, 2014 at 10:00 pm #

      Yes, you may have a book right there and haven’t known it. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Glynis Jolly
    February 3, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    Thanks for the tip and the links. I’ve been trying to figure out how to write my story, bases on real life, and have been going around in circles. I think I can now move forward again.

    • February 3, 2014 at 11:16 am #

      That is music to my ears and what every teacher lives for. All the best with your writing, Glynis. Thanks very much for taking the time to comment!

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