Parts of Speech: The Noun

All About Nouns Most of us can remember the basic definition we learned in early Grammar classes. A noun is a naming word. It identifies people, places, or things. However, we may not always remember that there are four types of nouns: 1.   Common Nouns Common nouns are names given to ordinary objects.They can beContinue reading “Parts of Speech: The Noun”

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 Rewrite Dialogue and Make it Stronger

As writers, we all know that one of the most important elements of our short stories is the dialogue between our characters. Readers can learn a lot about the characters when dialogue is used as a tool. The following steps are ONE WAY that I use to edit any sections of dialogue in my stories:Continue reading “One way to Rewrite Dialogue and Make it Stronger”

Do All Writers Need Vision Boards?

I’m the first to admit that the idea of a ‘vision board’ doesn’t fit with my writing style. The visions I have in my highly imaginative brain are quite enough to feed my storylines, but after researching the idea, I’m slowly leaning the other way. Supposedly, a vision board is a valuable tool. There areContinue reading “Do All Writers Need Vision Boards?”

A Few things Writers Shouldn’t Do

Here we are again, and it is already the end of April – this year is flying by! (It hasn’t helped that my COVID vaccines knocked me flat for an entire week after each one.) Recently, I read an article on Writer’s Digest regarding ‘Things a Writer Should Never Do.’ The report was particularly timelyContinue reading “A Few things Writers Shouldn’t Do”

Creating a Strong Protagonist

Over the next few posts, we will examine the importance of building the characters who will carry your novel’s storyline. (Short stories may not have all these characters due to the length and focus of the storyline.) There are FOUR-character types, (the Protagonist, the Antagonist, the Love Interest, and Other Characters) who will populate theContinue reading “Creating a Strong Protagonist”

The Three Things Readers want from Writers

Have you ever started to write a story or even a novel, and as you begin, you wonder what will make your story stand out? What is it that readers are looking for that will keep them turning the page? Readers are looking for a) Entertainment, b) Challenge, and c) Surprise. But how can youContinue reading “The Three Things Readers want from Writers”