Bring an element of Halloween into your story – it doesn’t need to be a scary story or a thriller. It can be drama or comedy involving Halloween in the… Read more »
Walter Cummins, former editor of The Literary Review, emeritus professor at Farleigh Dickinson University, and a short story writer, points out that a voice’s sound is created by such elements as “sentence… Read more »
Your character has just experienced something they didn’t expect. Like… Winning the lottery Getting an award or some sort of recognition Securing a place in their sports team Confront the… Read more »
As a creative, receiving feedback, notes and reviews are part of the job. As a writer, regardless of how experienced you are, you need a peer group that will help… Read more »
What do you look for when you read a story critically? See the checklist here. But in this post, I’m going to talk about the quality and texture of such… Read more »
When we are starting out as writers, we’re not confident of our own work let alone find things that can be improved in someone else’s writing. But every writer is… Read more »
A new story is like a sand storm. It sweeps you up in a dust of ideas. When you are inside the storm, you can’t see through it. You don’t know how good it is – your eyes are closed, your ears are full of dust and you’re wandering into the story like someone lost in that storm.
A picture book needs a narrative, a story that has all the elements of a good story – a beginning, middle and end, the middle escalating action and the resolution satisfying.
Sometimes an idea will pop-up as a concept. For example, the monsoon rains were a big part of my growing up. I used to be terrified of getting lost in… Read more »
It’s often easy to make the story happen to a character rather than the character shaping the story.