One day I will find the right words and they will be SIMPLE.
2000 years ago, the rules of the narrative were established by a man who, according to legend, was the last person to know everything. He was a philosopher, a doctor, a scientist, and a student of Plato.
His name was Aristotle, the greatest storyteller of all time.
People have remixed the wisdom of Aristotle for more than 2000 years, and we are all the better for it. Taking timeless truth, communicating it in the language of our day and applying it to new ways of doing things will always be one of the best ways to spread its wisdom.
In his unfinished work Poetics, Aristotle has provided many valuable advices to help the authors of the past reach that famous Greek ideal: perfection. These lessons have a timeless fragrance for them and are also very valid in our modern narrative times.
Most of these suggestions are applicable not only to modern fiction, drama and cinema, but many have even been used successfully by famous immortal authors such as Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway with a resounding success.
And here are some of the rare gems of his fabulous teachings.
Start with an END in mind
Knowing where you are trying to go before getting started is crucial to conducting an effective one. Aristotle called this theologywhich is the study of the issues with their purpose or purpose in mind.
The same is true for writing. Every piece of writing, whether it's a single blog or a book, should have a final goal in mind. This final goal will be yours single sales proposal and you need to have a clear and well-defined vision of how you will achieve that goal over time.
Every post in one way or another should be related to the bigger story and how readers can benefit from your experience, whether you are learning something from your business sense or even from humor that a reader can associate with your writing style.
Always stay focused on where you are trying to finish. Even when the path is confusing, you must remember where you are trying to go.
Writing is all about persuasion.
Aristotle has nailed the key to persuasion Rhetoric, his detailed attempt to prove that persuasion was a true art, contrary to the claims of his mentor, Plato. Aristotle said that persuasion implied the ability to identify the most compelling natural element of any subject.
Once you have identified the natural element, in other words, the "turning point"Of any reader, the next step is to use pathos, the ability to connect with the emotions, desires, fears and passions of the public. And certainly you do not focus on yourself. Your writing is successful only if it invokes a multitude of emotions within the reader.
Then Connect with readers on an emotional level and back up with audio features like great characters, moving stories and deep messages. Your writing is destined to go to places.
Enter features and tell a captivating story
Now you've had readers hooked by the pathos or emotional content. The next step is to combine emotions with an engaging story that involves end-to-end readers. Aristotle has a 4-step process to do the same: –
· Exordium– This is your opening. You have attracted their interest with your title, but the opening phrase is where you should grab the reader's attention. It could be a shocking phrase, an interesting factoid, a famous quote, or a vivid anecdote.
· narratio– So you have to show the reader that you understand their problems. They have to identify with you and you with them. In this section, we get an agreement with them.
· confirmatio– Offer a solution. Use impeccable logic and practical illustrations to demonstrate the technique or service you offer and provide examples of people like the reader. A problem without a solution is meaningless to the reader.
· peroratio – Do not forget to expressly indicate the need to act on the solution offered now. This is the call to action, the ending that must be implanted in the mind of the reader. The ending should remain long after the reader has finished reading your story.
Aristotle's point is simple. Writing is almost the same as SELLING a product. In the end, the agreement must be closed; The writer (seller) should convince the reader (buyer) to buy (read) his story and remain faithful from then on.
Bring it all together
So, what is the best way for modern writers to incorporate the advice of Aristotle?
The most useful approach would be to stay together with the writing group and discuss the points above. Do you see the ways in which these steps can be used to improve your work? Or, if you feel ambitious, take a copy of it Poeticsfor yourself and read it.
In this case, I would also recommend starting a discussion group. Aristotle is much easier to read when you have people to talk to – and it's really worth it.
As Aristotle rightly said:
To write well, express yourself as ordinary people, but think like a wise man. "
About the author -:
Ravi Rajan is a global IT program manager based in Mumbai, India. He is also a passionate blogger, poet writer Haiku, a lover of archeology and a maniac of history. Connect with Ravi LinkedIn, average is chirping.