Beginning a New Story or Book

This is my first official Blog Post for the year 2021. I apologize to those of you who follow my Blog for writing tips and information. I’m getting off to a slow start – political events sidelined a lot of my work. BUT here I am – ready and willing to present you with aContinue reading “Beginning a New Story or Book”

Elements of a Great Book – Characters and their Roles (cont’d)

To continue the series about the Elements of a Great Book, I’m discussing characters and their roles. Last time, we discussed the importance of the protagonist, or your MC, and the antagonist – the source of the problems. (And YES – I am repeating some information from previous Blogs – I feel these points areContinue reading “Elements of a Great Book – Characters and their Roles (cont’d)”

Elements of a Great Book – Characters and their Roles

It only stands to reason that the characters in your story are essential. For the most part, whether you are writing a short story or a novel, there are always going to be a protagonist, the Main Character, and the antagonist – the biggest problem in your MC’s existence. And while these two elements areContinue reading “Elements of a Great Book – Characters and their Roles”

Elements of a Great Book – Final Words about the Plot

For the month of December, I decided to discuss the Elements of a Great Book. In the last few blogs, I began an in-depth look at the plot, and this blog will conclude the discussion. I’m spending this much time on the plot because as I read my students’ short stories, I often find theirContinue reading “Elements of a Great Book – Final Words about the Plot”

The Elements of a Great Book – More about the Plot

I started a discussion of the Elements of a Great Book. In my last blog, I began an in-depth look at the plot, and I will continue the conversation – because a weak or missing plot is something that can nullify all of your writing. It doesn’t matter if your prose is brilliant or yourContinue reading “The Elements of a Great Book – More about the Plot”

Elements of the Short Story – the Importance of Character Arcs

*Image from creativetips4writers.wordpress.com **this blog is based on information I gleaned from ‘Creating Character Arcs’ by K.M. Weiland – one of my favorite resources. What Is A Character Arc? When you boil it all down to one single definition, a Character Arc is the structure of your character as they move through your storyline. YourContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – the Importance of Character Arcs”