Showing posts from February, 2017

Creating Your Story Title

Something writers of multiple stories will experience: Titles may come to you in a flash. Some will take a bit of thinking through. Say you’ve written your first and only story thus far. You may feel you have a great title for that one piece of prose. However, caution should be taken due to lack of experience in titles. You can only know how easy or how difficult choosing a title will be after you’ve written a few stories. For the person who writes many stories or many books, again, choosing a title may come easy, or it may be one of the most difficult aspects of writing. Some writers are unable to start a story unless they have a great title lined up. Then, with that title in mind, they set out to write, only to change the title once they see where the plot and characters lead them. Some authors cannot title a story till it’s written and rewritten for the umpteenth time. Then they decide. Whatever your preference, titles are just as important as the overall story itself. Your book will fir…

Writing Rules by Mary Deal

Writing rules are part of our free lesson plans to help you build an ever-growing repertoire of prose that has been published. You can make money writing. You’ll need published prose and much more being readied for submission in order to call yourself a writer. Here are some DOs and DON’Ts to help aspirants over some stumbling blocks all writers face, whether you write short stories or novels, even nonfiction.
Do – write regardless what people may think. Write for yourself first. Set your muse free. Be driven. Write like your life depends on it. Don’t –  worry what other people may think about your personal writing rules and habits. Avoid hearing negative comments—unless it’s a critique you have sought out. You write because something inside prompts you to do so.
Do – let your friends know that you are writing and it’s the reason you’re not around much. Don’t – share the details of your stories with even your best friends because one negative remark, or a suggestion to do this or that a di…

9 Tips for Beginners

Tip #1 – Store Your Notes
Usually when I see great writing tips, I have a file set up in Word called - what else? Writing Tips. You should have one too. I copy and paste the advice into my file to refer to when needed. Included is the name of the author of the tidbit, in case I wish to quote them at some future time. Any handwritten notes I’ve made as reminders also get posted there. Simply for clarification: When quoting another person’s writing or spoken word, up to only 100 words may be used and the originator of the piece must be given credit.
Tip #2 – Be Prepared to Write
Keep writing materials handy no matter where you go. That one stunning idea you forgot to write down but were sure you’d remember, and then forgot completely, could have been the one fragment that made your story memorable. We writers should make notes everywhere we go. If without a laptop, we carry note pads and pens. JK Rowling used paper table napkins because she used to sit in her favorite cafe lamenting her joble…

No Winter Song by Patricia Crandall

Birds did not sing in the winter wood this season. There was no trilling, garbling or birdsong to enchant the cold winds. Gone, were the vibrant reds, violet blues and snowbird yellows. The song was an unnatural