The Difference between a Storyteller and A Writer

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concepts implied by ‘storyteller’ and ‘writer.’ At first glance, they seem the same, don’t they? But are they really? Storytelling is traditionally an oral medium. Someone who has the skills needed in telling a great tale, and the ability to make the spoken word come to life, alongContinue reading “The Difference between a Storyteller and A Writer”

Pacing Can Make or Break your Story

One of the elements of writing contemporary fiction that we don’t talk about very often is PACING. When you think of the tempo of the piece, or how the reader gets swept away with the story, you are concentrating on the PACING of the story. Pacing is the rhythm of a story. Every story willContinue reading “Pacing Can Make or Break your Story”

Creating Memorable Characters

In a short story, the main character and the plot are the most critical elements. Today, we will talk about the creation of your main character. Think about it for a moment – How do you usually come up with the character in your story? They flash into the forefront of your mind fully formed.Continue reading “Creating Memorable Characters”

Writing the Short Story

As I continue with my journey to help writers and artists prepare work for inclusion in either the ‘2020 Indie Authors Short Story Anthology,’ OR the ‘2020 Artists on Lock Down Collection,’ I’ve learned more about short stories than I thought I would. While I developed my checklist for drafting a short story, it seemsContinue reading “Writing the Short Story”

The Virus and Your Muse

Let’s face it. Being told what to do is NEVER a good thing. And for those of us who are creative and live by our own set of rules, it’s almost impossible. So, a lot of the writers I know are feeling stilted and not able to put down a single word on the blankContinue reading “The Virus and Your Muse”

Which genre suits your writing?

Here’s a question for all of you. Do you think about the genre of the story before you start writing? I do, IF, the story parameters call for a specific genre. You know, if I’m creating a story for a contest that specifies the genre, or maybe a writing challenge with a built-in requirement. ButContinue reading “Which genre suits your writing?”

My slightly twisted sense of humor

Why I find this meme hysterically funny In case you’re wondering about my recent blog posts, I’m working through a 20-day challenge to blog every day and identify the best style, subject, and frequency that I would like to continue in the upcoming months. And today, I’m explaining my sense of humor through a meme,Continue reading “My slightly twisted sense of humor”