Your Manuscript and the Editing Process – Part Two

Last week, I started this series on the editing process. But let’s stop for a moment and look at WHAT you will be editing. I mean, if you haven’t written anything, you aren’t ready to EDIT. You will be starting with the all-important FIRST DRAFT. The first draft of anything you write is just theContinue reading “Your Manuscript and the Editing Process – Part Two”

Elements of the Short Story: Middles

Last week, we addressed Beginnings and how important they are to your story. This week, we’re going to take a look at Middles. The Middle of your story is essential to the overall success of the piece. First of all, it needs to build on the elements that began in the Beginning. The characters youContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story: Middles”

Mustang Patty Presents:

Creating Character Arcs by K. M. Weiland (There is also a workbook that goes with this book, and I highly recommend the exercises it contains to help you create strong characters. The most important lesson here is WHY your characters need Character Arcs and what they bring to the story.) I will be giving awayContinue reading “Mustang Patty Presents:”

Elements of the Short Story – Setting

Your Character’s World – Setting the Stage All too often, setting is overlooked when writing a short story. I think part of it is the limited word count, and the other part is a tendency to assign very little importance to the setting. So, I’d like to take a look at how your setting influencesContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – Setting”

Grammar Basics – The Comma in a Compound Sentence

Welcome back to my crash course in basic Grammar. Today’s blog is centered around the comma in a compound sentence. First, let’s define what a compound sentence is. According the Chicago Manual of Style, (the end-all authority,) a compound sentence joins clauses by using a coordinating conjunction. (Coordinating conjunctions include words such as and, but,Continue reading “Grammar Basics – The Comma in a Compound Sentence”

Your Writer’s Toolbox

How do you approach a new writing project? Do you find yourself suddenly inspired, and you rush to grab your notebook or dash to your computer to stroke the keys and produce your latest story? Or do you find yourself sitting with your pen or hands poised, waiting for inspiration? What if – you approachedContinue reading “Your Writer’s Toolbox”