Advice from Professional Writers (11)

One of my favorite things about this blog is when I come across topics that other writers find helpful in their writing. These posts will get the most views, and I think the writers I reach here are thankful for my love to share the things I’ve gathered in my toolbox over the years. IContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (11)”

Advice from Professional Writers (9)

7 Bits Of Writing Advice From Truman Capote 1. Write Daily ‘I was writing really sort of serious when I was about 11. I say seriously in the sense that like other kids go home and practice the violin or the piano or whatever, I used to go home from school every day, and IContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (9)”

The Short Story and the Author

As some of you may know, I’m not only a blogger, but I’m an author – Novels, Short Stories, Anthologies, and the occasional collection of pet stories. I also teach classes on Writing the Short Story. Why Write Short Stories? “A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short storyContinue reading “The Short Story and the Author”

Advice from Professional Writers (8)

Here is an article written by James Scott Bell. He is not only an author of novels and short stories, but he writes ‘’how-to books’ for the novice writer. Its a bit longer than my usual posts – but I think this is important information. It is good to hear it – even if itsContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (8)”

Advice from Professional Writers (7)

**Alice Adams’s Pattern For Writing A Short Story The ABDCE Pattern for Writing a Short Story “The letters stand for Action, Background, Development, Climax, and Ending. You begin with compelling Action to draw the reader in. The Background is where you … see and know who these people are, how they’ve come to be together, what was going on before theContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (7)”

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Write a Short Story

(These questions work for both Novels and Short Stories) Who are your Protagonist and Antagonist? Without these two characters, you will find it hard to get going because this is where your conflict comes from. And conflict is what we want to read about. Your Protagonist has a goal, and your Antagonist opposes that goal. Can you tell your storyContinue reading “6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Write a Short Story”

Advice from Professional Writers (3)

Over the past four years or so, I’ve been collecting bits and pieces of advice given from writers who have made their mark in the writing world. Today, I’d like to share suggestions for self-editing. I know that not everyone can afford to take editing classes, but you can develop a routine to polish yourContinue reading “Advice from Professional Writers (3)”

ANNOUNCEMENT – Classes Starting on September 20th!

Hurry – class size is limited to SIX! As I continue my journey to help writers and artists prepare work for inclusion in either the ‘2021 Indie Authors’ Mystery Anthology,’ OR the ‘2022 Indie Authors’ Short Story Anthology,’ I’ve learned more about short stories than I thought I would. While I developed my checklist forContinue reading “ANNOUNCEMENT – Classes Starting on September 20th!”

One Way to Create the Characters for your Story

Developing characters for any piece of fiction is both challenging and fun. Where else do you get to build a person from the ground up? As a writer, you can create these characters to be likable or not. They can be handsome/beautiful, rich/poor – whatever WORKS for your story. Some of us are lucky enoughContinue reading “One Way to Create the Characters for your Story”