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?”

Another Part of Speech – The Preposition

At their basic level, prepositions are defined as ‘connecting words.’ They connect nouns and pronouns with other words. Taken a step further, prepositions give information about time, places, and direction. It is that last bit that makes prepositions so fascinating. On one hand, the discussion about prepositions could be very simple: It is that lastContinue reading “Another Part of Speech – The Preposition”

Your Manuscript and the Editing Process

For the next several weeks, I want to talk about EDITING. While it is quite common to feel that ‘your Editor’ will fix all the nits, gnats, and SPAG (spelling and grammar) unless you have UNLIMITED funds for your writing, a Professional Editor is costly. The cleaner, more concise, and well-written work you can sendContinue reading “Your Manuscript and the Editing Process”

Elements of the Short Story – Endings

Within this series, we’ve looked at how you need to create strong beginnings, meaningful middles, and now we will dive into what must be present in your endings. Your ending MUST tie up the events created in the middle. The reader has been following the story and watched your characters being pushed into action. MaybeContinue reading “Elements of the Short Story – Endings”

A Closer Look at Genre and How it Affects Your Writing

Terms for genre can be very confusing. When I was a new writer, I had a great deal of difficulty identifying which genre my stories and novel fell into. It took a lot of reading and searching to figure it out. I’ll share what I have learned over the past several years here. What isContinue reading “A Closer Look at Genre and How it Affects Your Writing”

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”

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”