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”

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”

The Basics – How to make your writing ‘consistently interesting.’

“Mr. Martin Tanner, baritone of Dayton, Ohio, made his town hall debut last night. He came well prepared, but unfortunately, his presentation was not up to contemporary professional standards. His voice lacks the range of tonal color necessary to make it ‘consistently interesting.’ Full-time consideration of another endeavor might be in order.” Harry Chapin –Continue reading “The Basics – How to make your writing ‘consistently interesting.’”

Elements of the Short Story – Theme

What Is A Theme? If you think about it – the Theme of your story is what the Story is REALLY about. For instance, you write a loving story about spending time with your grandmother in her kitchen while you were young. You tell about the smells, the feel of spending time with her, andContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – Theme”

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 Process – Evaluating an Idea

Those of us who write know that in order to overcome the blank page, we need an idea. Essentially, the idea is the FIRST PART of the writing process. But an idea is truly just the beginning. When the project (book/story) is done, the idea HAS to be fully developed. As a writer, it isContinue reading “The Process – Evaluating an Idea”

Elements of the Short Story – The Hook

~Your first line sells the book. Your last line sells the next book. ~ MICKEY SPILLANE, AUTHOR OF KISS ME DEADLY  Many of the sources I read to write this blog post discussed how writing the First Words on the page is always the hardest you’ll write. This is partly because it’s easy to getContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – The Hook”