Positives and negatives

by juliusmsanz

One thing you don’t know about me is that sometimes I enjoy wrestling.

Wrestling has nothing to do with writing, well maybe a bit, but one message always made sense for me when I saw a DVD about ECW. I won’t bother you with details and wrestling history. The message went something like this:

Accentuate the positives and hide the negatives.

That sure rings true for writing, and life in general.

Let’s imagine book covers. Say you’re strapped for cash and you want a decent enough cover. You won’t be able to hire some guy to create your perfect cover; you suck at drawing and painting and can’t create something decent. That doesn’t matter. The covers that hold the most appeal aren’t the ones filled with imagery or tons of colors. The simpler the better. You’ll manage to create a clean cover with one or even two colors, make sure the title is nice and visible and just insert an image or part of an image in the right angle and you’re good to go. Look around, take some pictures. You’ll be surprised how easy it gets if you keep things nice and simple. You might not even need an amazing picture or photo.

The same holds true for the story in general.

Aren’t you good with characterization? Make your stories plot driven. Are you bad with descriptions? Create great dialogue sequences. Are you bad with pace or story flow? Make the chapters seem like standalones.

Sometimes things take a while to improve. I’ve said it time and time again that your first stories will make you laugh compared to the level you are now. Keeping other small side projects will make you get better as time goes on.

But if you want to keep things simple then just keep on accentuating the positives and keep on hiding the negatives.

Look at some very-well known actors we have these days, some are completely focused on more dramatic movies or action movies, others focus exclusively on comedies. Why do they do that? You could say they don’t want to leave their safety nets, you could even call them cowards, but the truth of the matter is this: they play to their strengths. They found their niche, they know what they are good at and they keep on going.

Write whatever you want, but if you’re in a pinch, or if you want to get something published with some medium or big-sized publisher then consider this little piece of advice.

Hope this helped, see you again tomorrow.

Have a great day!

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