Advice from Professional Writers (9)

7 Bits Of Writing Advice From Truman Capote 1. Write Daily ‘I was writing really sort of serious when I was about 11. I say seriously in the sense that like other kids go home and practice the violin or the piano or whatever, I used to go home from school every day, and IContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (9)”

The Short Story and the Author

As some of you may know, I’m not only a blogger, but I’m an author – Novels, Short Stories, Anthologies, and the occasional collection of pet stories. I also teach classes on Writing the Short Story. Why Write Short Stories? “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short storyContinue reading “The Short Story and the Author”

Why You Should Write Short Stories

Why Write Short Stories? There are a lot of reasons to write short stories. The SS allows the writer to ‘test drive’ an idea. Will the idea sustain an 80K novel? Or is it more suitable for a 7500-word story? LOVE for the Craft: Authors who wish to write every day for the love ofContinue reading “Why You Should Write Short Stories”

Advice from Professional Writers (8)

Here is an article written by James Scott Bell. He is not only an author of novels and short stories, but he writes ‘’how-to books’ for the novice writer. Its a bit longer than my usual posts – but I think this is important information. It is good to hear it – even if itsContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (8)”

Advice from Professional Writers (7)

**Alice Adams’s Pattern For Writing A Short Story The ABDCE Pattern for Writing a Short Story “The letters stand for Action, Background, Development, Climax, and Ending. You begin with compelling Action to draw the reader in. The Background is where you … see and know who these people are, how they’ve come to be together, what was going on before theContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (7)”

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Write a Short Story

(These questions work for both Novels and Short Stories) Who are your Protagonist and Antagonist? Without these two characters, you will find it hard to get going because this is where your conflict comes from. And conflict is what we want to read about. Your Protagonist has a goal, and your Antagonist opposes that goal. Can you tell your storyContinue reading “6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Write a Short Story”

Advice from Professional Writers (6)

A few weeks ago, I began a series of posts with words of wisdom from different authors. I ‘collect’ these whenever I come across them. I will share these with you – (my readers) for October and November as I work on my outline for NaNoWriMo, as well as teaching my class, ‘Mustang Patty TeachesContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (6)”

Advice from Professional Writers (5)

A few weeks ago, I began a series of posts with words of wisdom from different authors. I ‘collect’ these whenever I come across them. I will share these with you – (my readers) for October and November as I work on my outline for NaNoWriMo, as well as teaching my class, ‘Mustang Patty TeachesContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (5)”

Advice from Professional Writers (4)

A few weeks ago, I began a series of posts with words of wisdom from different authors. I ‘collect’ these whenever I come across them. I will share these with you – (my readers) for October and November as I work on my outline for NaNoWriMo, as well as teaching my class, ‘Mustang Patty TeachesContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (4)”