Creativity, Originality, and Storytelling (from THE 101 HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL NOVELISTS)
Excerpt From Parts 1 (“Being Creative and Original”) and 2 (“Being a Natural Storyteller”) of Chapter 1 “A Portrait of a Novelist” in The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists (ed. Andrew McAleer)
Your novel is what your thoughts make it. Your life is unique and like no other. There will never be another one of you. Your singular experiences help make you who you are and what you are about. Inside of you are your unique novel, characters, and storyline. Only you can create the novel you wish to create. No one else can do it but you. …
Readers want, indeed demand, and are entitled to originality. They want to explore the new world you have created and to meet the original and exciting people who exist in your mind and not in some other writer’s work. …
[T]he natural storyteller requires more than just wanting to tell a story. Storytelling is having a love and full appreciation for the art of telling a story and how the story is created from its inception. Storytelling is an appreciation for the way someone else tells a story and for how it sounds and how it appears in short form, on the big screen, and in a novel. How was this story told and how might you tell it? What makes this story a failure? Storytelling is more than just words, words, words.
(Quoted from pgs. 4–6)
About the book:
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In The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists, more than fifty of the greatest fiction writers of our time show you how they practice their craft. You’ll gain insight into every aspect of fiction writing, including:
Coming up with ideas
Knowing what makes a great story
Overcoming writer’s block
Creating a pitch synopsis
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McAleer, Andrew. “A Portrait of a Novelist” in The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists. Andrew McAleer, ed. Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2008. 3–20. Print.
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