M for Measurable

In my last two blogs, I started a discussion about S.M.A.R.T. goals. Last time, I wrote about the ‘S.’ Specificity is a solid start, but once you apply a NUMBER to your goal – it becomes measurable. Setting a quantity or making sure they are measurable allows you to track your progress, check in onContinue reading “M for Measurable”

Killing off Characters in your Story or Novel

Death is often used in stories. It could be a murder, a suicide, or only the power of Mother Nature. However, there are critical pitfalls to avoid when using death to enhance the plot of your work. Reasons You Shouldn’t use to eliminate a character: Don’t do it if:            ThisContinue reading “Killing off Characters in your Story or Novel”

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”

The Basics – Formatting your Manuscript

Over the past year, I’ve been trying to help other writers learn ‘the rules of the road.’ And in that capacity, I’ve had more than a few manuscripts sent me for one reason or another. And I cannot tell you how many DIFFERENT ways these MS were sent to me. It disturbs me because, asContinue reading “The Basics – Formatting your Manuscript”

Elements of the Short Story – The Plot

What Is A Plot? Simply stated, ‘A plot is a series of events that make up a story.’ All plots have beginnings, middles, and endings. For reference, the first quarter of your book is the beginning, the second and third quarters are the middle, and the last quarter is the ending. In an 80 000-word novel, this generallyContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – The Plot”

The Danger of Putting TOO much in Your Novel

The number one reason many beginning writers do NOT finish their first novel is because they try to cram every thought and idea they’ve had over the months and even years they’ve been working on the basic idea. As with any skill that you want to do well, you need to take the time toContinue reading “The Danger of Putting TOO much in Your Novel”

Grammar – Summary of the Parts of Speech

*image source: ted-ielts.com Over the past several weeks, I’ve discussed the Parts of Speech on my Wednesday blogs. I think that writers need to understand the functions of all of these parts. To write well enough to entertain, engage, and tantalize our readers, we need to know how to use words effectively. We talked aboutContinue reading “Grammar – Summary of the Parts of Speech”

Elements of the Short Story – The Inciting Moment

I’ve discussed how your story’s plot is built around a problem or challenge that your MC faces. When the issue makes its first appearance is known as the inciting moment. It acts as a beginning point where your MC’s world changes. This moment is interesting and important enough to create a response in you or your protagonist. ItContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – The Inciting Moment”

Your Manuscript and the Editing Process – Part Three

In my discussions over the past two weeks, I explained the importance of Editing. I stressed how you need to write the FIRST DRAFT before you worry about Editing. The FIRST DRAFT is when you empty every thought you have about your storyline. DO NOT self-edit as you go – it doesn’t matter how uglyContinue reading “Your Manuscript and the Editing Process – Part Three”

Elements of the Short Story: What exactly IS a Short Story?

Short stories are a unique artform. They are not novels that are compressed into fewer pages. They do not require less skill to write than a novel – in fact, they are actually more complex. And lastly, writing the short story allows a writer to hone their skills in ways that a novel never will.Continue reading “Elements of the Short Story: What exactly IS a Short Story?”