Proudly presented from the writerssecrets.com Book Series
by Dr. Jeffrey Lant
Taken from the Introduction
In this chapter, my goal is to show you how to write about
so-called “ordinary people”… but I’ll tell you a secret… I hate
that word “ordinary”. Anyone who is worth writing about is, by
definition, extraordinary. Not prosaic, dull, or boring.
Your job is to take the life of one of these so-called “ordinary”
people, and make it rhumba. At the end of the day when you
write an article about an “ordinary” person, you’ve got a piece
of work that will sing, and make people worldwide sit up, pay
attention, and be grateful that you took the time to write the
splendid article you did.
Now in this chapter, I’m going to talk about vignettes… That is
to say a brief evocative description, account, or episode. It is
an event which may seem small and insignificant; however it is
anything but. Vignettes are an aperture into a story. Telltale
vignettes give you just the opening you need to create a story
that looked improbable at its inception, but which is now totally
captivating and important. Let me show you what I mean.
This chapter focuses on five of these so-called “ordinary
people”, and how I review the information about them to turn
what might have been bland and insignificant, into something
The five people in question are Adam B. Wheeler, Holly
Hickler, Marty Burke, Dr. Harry Coover, and Milton Levine.
These are people you may pass on the street and entirely
overlook. Your job is to make them immortal… a thing of
writing beauty, a joy forever.
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