Sunday, April 3, 2011

Wrestlemania 27 and how professional wrestling can relate to writing.

I am a wrestling fan. I have been a reinvigorated fan as of 2009 roughly. I'm not a big fan at all, but I enjoy the matches sometimes. Now that it is out of the way, I was invited to a Wrestlemania Party today with some friends.

I have to admit that it was a very good show overall. Lots of drama, lots of action, and some "Oh my God, he didn't just do that moments."

I have to admit that despite all of this I enjoyed it for the entertainment that it was. It got me to thinking about my writing and I know wrestling isn't the pinnacle of writing, but they do emphasize something that every writer should practice.... A balance.

You can't have too much of one element in your writing. Too much action and your reader gets bored giving them the opposite effect you are looking for. (I've been guilty of this in my earlier writings.) Too much drama and the audience gets bored because they keep getting a build up that doesn't pay off as the ending is too anticlimatic. Too much bit stunts, you have to keep your high points within the reason of your story. If you go too far out there you lose your reader, which is the cardinal sin for writers.

So what do you do to keep the balance in your writing? Do you outline? Do you write on index cards (I'm thinking of doing this once I get my first draft down.)


  1. Good point! Balance certainly is important. I find I have too much fast paced ation all the time and very little downtime...the result of over-editing quiet scenes, LOL! Becomes overwhelming after a while. ;)

  2. So true. I can relate as I find it hard to deal with peace sometimes in my books.