Writing a short story can sometimes be more difficult than writing a novel. If your idea is too grand then the story will expand beyond the realm of what a short story can handle.
How do you keep your idea within the word count of around 5000 words? There are many tips and tricks to get that awesome story idea down on paper that just doesn’t fall into the category of a novel but has the potential of captivating readers. The video that followers is an excellent primer for writing a great short story. Give it a watch and see if your idea fits the mold.
It has been said that the more we put into creating a character the more we must put into killing them. Only makes sense right? When you kill off a character you want your readers to feel the full impact of it.
How do you go about pulling at your reader’s heartstrings when a character dies? If you follow the techniques in the below article, your death scenes will resonate with your readers long after they have moved on.
Does your scene have too much detail? Or is it underwritten to the point you’ve lost your readers? That fine line in between can be a hard one to walk.
Both scenarios offer their own problems, and both tend to turn off readers. So how can you tell if you’ve gone too far or not far enough? The video below offers some guidelines on how to find that happy medium.
How many hours of practice do they say it takes to master an instrument? Well double that, and you might be halfway there when it comes to the craft of writing fiction. Creative writing is difficult, but that’s what makes it SO rewarding.
The more you write, the better you become, but there are other aspects you need to concentrate on. Reading and studying the masters is also necessary. Find the writers you admire and study their techniques. Read about writing, the more you consume, the more it will flow onto your pages. The article below will direct you to the nearest fountain of knowledge concerning creative writing.
I have an addiction. Apparently, I’m addicted to writing sentences in the passive voice. After each session of writing, I run my work through Grammarly and inevitably numerous passive voice errors pop up. I can’t stand them!
If you’re like me, and I hope you’re not dealing with this as well, then you need help. The video below will walk you through not only understanding passive voice but a simple trick to fix every passive sentence.
When we start writing we go looking for any and all advice we can find. This only makes sense. We want to learn so we can improve upon our craft. But we have to be wary of certain advice because it is simply not good for our progress as writers.
Below is a video of the worst advice you can take to heart. Soke it in and drop these stifling pieces of misinformation once and for all.
In our final installment of today’s How to Write Horror series, we’re going to talk about horror cliches to avoid when writing your story. We all know a cliche when we read one. However, these might not be so obvious to you as you’re writing.
So without further ado let’s jump into it and clear our minds and writing of these story killing cliches.
If you’re catching this final video before the others, please go back and watch the first three installments to ramp up your horror writing chops.
What keeps us turning the pages deep into the night when we have to work in the morning? Conflict-how it’s used and how it’s resolved. The correct use of conflict will send your story through the atmosphere of your reader’s curiosity and attention.
How do you create conflict and keep it turned up? The following article will play out the steps you need to take and give you a good foundation on how to use conflict.
Why do you never start a scene with a greeting? Read on to find out why. The reasons might surprise you. This article is taken from my inbox, and I was pleasantly pleased by its information because in know I’m guilty of its said crimes.
Last week I went on a Twitter rant describing my incessant feeling that my writing completely sucked. I usually don’t feel this way, and it was dragging me down. So you might guess my surprise when this vlog showed up in my youtube inbox.
It lays out seven reasons why one’s writing might be looked at as ‘SUCKING.’ And I definitely looked at my writing like this last week (I’ve gotten a little more even-keeled since then.) So if you have started to feel like your writing is slacking, take a look at the video, and maybe it will help you out of your situation.
You have your protagonist and antagonist but what about those secondary characters. After all, a painting isn’t a single color. It has a supporting cast of colors to make the picture come alive.
That’s why you need complicated, well built, and fully formed secondary characters in your story. To make that perfect world in which your protagonist can overcome and conquer all.
Below is an article from NYbookEditors that will walk you through the steps of crafting believable secondary characters. There is also a video of the types of characters each novel should have. I hope you enjoy and use what you learn to sell more books🤓
You not only have to come up with a great premise, engaging characters, high stakes, and conflict that pushes the protagonist toward his goal, but you must also learn how write a scene that compels readers—and fill your book with them. Continue reading →