I recently read this, and I feel I should share
Do not we all want to be like the great writers. Of course, we know all the current best seller authors of our time, such as JK Rowling, Larsson, and Gynn Flynn.
Margaret Mitchell might not straight away come to your mind. She wrote the classic bestseller, Gone with the Wind. Oh yeah, now you remember. Did you know she was quite a bit like her heroine, Scarlett O Hara, both were beautiful, rebellious and admired by men.
So what can we learn from this master?
Internal monologue, If you have read the book, you know the key to the book is the inner dialogue of the heroine. Although the author follows the thoughts of other characters, most of her story is from Scarlett’s perspective. We know more about her than any other characters- her emotions, her habits, conniving persona her disposition at a difficult time in history. Nevertheless, the way the author describes her feelings is fantastic, and the volcano of emotions when she moves from one relationship to another. By doing this, she makes sure that her readers know her character and love and hate her.
This helps her gain readers favoritism and empathy towards her character.
Twist your plots:
This is not known but Margaret had her method. For instance, two main characters who love each other still do not come together. For instance, Scarlett loves Rhett Butler but she wants Ashley and in her haste and marries another man. Rhett Butler loves Scarlett but leaves her at every turn.
The several changes that the author brings in Scarlett’s life keep the reader engaged, and they can relate to her. Moreover, she pushes her characters to the limits. The thing is, its interesting to see how Scarlets responds to the challenges she is facing. They are not always ethical, they are not always right but she does it and that makes her unique. I hate and love her. I have read the books several times. Still, she never falters to amaze me!
Charm your readers.
I know what a cliche but try it. Mitchell was a master of charming people, in real life and even when she wrote fiction. She achieved this by two ways.
One by using a charged language and the other by thinking about how her dialogues and setting will affect the readers psychologically.
She uses the gradual descent of emotions and does not directly leap in. This is known as control psychic distance, from a distance to up and close in a step-wise controlled manner. Then she adds a sort of poetic tone to her novel. When you read it, you will feel it. Secondly, the charm. The story is created mainly for women, and Mitchell makes good use of it. She knows that women mostly wonder and try to understand and interpret behaviors of men and of course, every woman wants to fall in love with the perfect man. Also, the way she writes is quite poetic and brings up the charm in her book. These aspects of the book are very catchy and attractive to women. Knowing what her readers will enjoy, makes Mitchell the master at her craft. In conclusion, it helps to look at your work objectively. For example, what would your readers like to read? What are their dreams and aspirations? In conclusion, relate to your audience.
The most important facet of a novel is the background. It has to be believable. It is evident from the authors work that she digs deep into her subject, for this book. She took some historical facts and used them to create her scenes. This can be tough for writers. I know it is harder to create this novel, but you can resolve this by making your settings graphically. When you want to describe something, for instance, room, you either draw a picture of the setup or search the Internet for an appropriate image, print it and then use it to describe the setting. This exercise will help you express the scene more easily.
I have learned a lot from reading this book and enjoyed it, I hope the ideas I collected would you.
Thank you for reading!