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Monday, November 3
Conflict: What Is It Good For?
It seems to me that there are six general ways to open a story. The first way, as I discussed last week, is with description . The sec...
Friday, October 31
Six Ways To Begin A Story
Openings are frustrating. At least for me. So much is riding on them. Often, if you don’t catch your reader’s interest with the first...
Wednesday, October 29
On Using Symbols In Your Story
What Is An Image System? Before I talk about what an Image System is let’s look at an example of one in use. In Pierre Boileau...
Tuesday, October 28
What Makes A Story Terrifying?
I love Halloween. Always have. Perhaps that’s why I love a good horror story. The first horror story I heard was a spine-tingling tal...
Saturday, October 25
How To Coax Story Ideas Out Of Hiding
Ever been stuck for a plot? You wanted to write something but all your ideas fled, leaving you with what seemed like an infinite white ...
Wednesday, October 22
NaNoWriMo Is For Everyone, Even Rebels!
NaNoWriMo is almost upon us! What is NaNoWriMo? NaNoWriMo (or NaNo for short) is a terrific way to help kickstart a creative ...
Monday, October 20
On Breaking The Rules of Writing: It’s All On The Table
I’m a rebel at heart. I like it when writers break so-called rules and still produce a stunning piece of writing. The Rule: Never...
Saturday, October 18
How To Give Your Character Meaningful Flaws
Let’s talk about blind spots. We’re often told that protagonists need to be likable but it’s just as important that they have flaws...
Wednesday, October 15
What’s The Difference Between Mysteries And Thrillers?
In previous posts I’ve talked about the difference between mysteries and thrillers . In a mystery an event happens toward the beginni...
Monday, October 13
My mother cleaned our house from top to bottom every year; she cleaned out every drawer, every cupboard, every closet. That’s prac...
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