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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Wright

Writers Epic

According to the dictionary, “epic” can be an imaginative work of any form, impressive in scope, narrating the adventures or deeds of heroic or legendary figures. Sounds dramatic, and a little intimidating. So how does a writer – who is, perhaps, just a small town woman with seemingly no heroic or legendary adventures of her own to write about – achieve an “epic”?

Through imagination and creativity, said writer, and others of differing situations but equally “un-legendary” statuses, can write in an epic manner.

And by epic, I don’t mean that every hero must be a ridiculously handsome and suave, swashbuckling knight. Of course, if that’s your idea of epic and this hero has a great story, all the power to you. All I mean is that we writers of less-than-epic lives can write stories that have a level of epic-ness, if I may create a word, proportional to the kind of story it is.

Epic stories are not epic based on plot or character alone, but on a narrative style that grabs the reader’s attention and doesn’t let it go until the last page is read. And leaves the reader both satisfied and wanting more. Having a great idea for a story is one thing, the first step toward writing a great story. But quality writing and good story-telling go hand-in-hand, and sometimes that is where new, and even not-so-new writers trip.

But consider this piece of advice: don’t give up. Your story can be epic; it will be epic. So keep on trucking, aspiring writer!

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