As you might have gathered from previous posts, I love to read. With tablets and ereaders, it’s like carrying an entire store full of yummy books, all patiently waiting fo me to devour.
One thing I haven’t done much of, in the past couple of years, is read fiction. Between self-help, productivity and business books, it had been a real long time since I was immersed completely in a wonderfully sticky, absorbing novel.
So this past festive season, I decided to give my learning a little bit of a break in favour of enjoying some great fiction. I finished reading Hopeless in literally 2 days. It was one of those tales that got me so emotionally involved that I was staying up well into the early hours of the morning. Fantastic book. No wonder it’s at #1 on Kindle at the moment.
There’s something else I treated myself to: TV. Again, watching TV is something I rarely do, preferring to read blogs and online magazines for entertainment. I watched two seasons of a popular TV series, literally back-to-back over a period of few days. I loved getting lost in the story, and kept doing that “Oh just one more episode …” thing.
If I must be totally honest, there actually was an ulterior reason for reading the novel and spending some quality time with Apple TV.
I want to write a fantastic novel (doesn’t everyone?), and wanted to deconstruct how plots get built. I’ve been known to write up to 7000 words a day when I have a plan, an outline.
Trouble is first coming up with that outline, so that it is engaging and totally gripping.
So here are the lessons I have learned from my two-week fiction binge:
The characters are such that we love them, hate them, identify with them, root for them. In other words, we get involved.
In the non-fiction world of information products,
this can be achieved by helping the reader
get a glimpse of what their life will be like after they consume and implement the information in the product.