The Conjunction and Your Writing

Does anyone else remember the song for conjunctions from the Electric Company? Now that I’ve thought of it, I have it stuck in my head. But, that little song taught many of us the purpose of a conjunction. A conjunction is defined as a word that joins words or groups of words. In writing, weContinue reading “The Conjunction and Your Writing”

Elements of the Short Story – Beginnings

One of the most critical elements of the short story is the beginning. We’ve all been told at one time or another that it is only with a strong opening that you will hook the reader. And while a reader may give a new novel a few pages, or even a chapter, chances are thatContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – Beginnings”

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”

Telling a story from Multiple Characters’ view

As I stated in last Mondays blog entry about character development, I would like to take a closer look at the creation of multiple characters for a story. I think it’s important to ask yourself some questions. How many characters can your storyline support? Are there one or two complex characters, and then some supportingContinue reading “Telling a story from Multiple Characters’ view”

Mustang Patty recommends: The Writer’s Process

The Writer’s Process by Anne Janzer The entire book title: The Writer’s Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear I will be giving away a copy of this book sometime in the next week. Would YOU like to add it to your library? Simply send me an email: and tell me how you think thisContinue reading “Mustang Patty recommends: The Writer’s Process”

Elements of the Short Story

Characters As a novice writer, I searched for some information regarding character development. I’d heard rumors that the best stories were character-driven, and the better you knew your main characters, the better you’ll be able to write believable dialogue and action. Wow! If you’ve ever googled, ‘character development,’ or main characters, I’m positive you foundContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story”