This is something I prepared for our local writing group in case planned lessons didn't use up the whole time we set aside for our meeting. One of the participants suggested talking about transitions between scenes and how to end scenes, and that's an interesting part of how we craft stories. I want to look … Continue reading In Transition
Last week, I facilitated a discussion on Writing for Non-Writers as part of our base library's summer reading program. Our librarian knew I had been published in a couple editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul and thought I might have a few lessons learned or tips for folks who would never call themselves writers, but might … Continue reading Writing for Non-Writers
This lesson, part two of “Sex in Writing,” speaks on topics like sexual tension, internal and external dialogue, point of view (POV), taboo, and the woman reader/writer preferences in a sex scene. This is meant to serve as a basis on how to begin exploring the art of writing sexual encounters and how to keep … Continue reading Sex in Writing: Part Two
In writing, sex can be terrible or mind-blowing.
At our bi-weekly Okinawa Military Community Writers meeting, Kyle led off the discussion with an exercise in developing the main idea of a short story, novella, or book. He posted about this and covered the 5 Ws that can help a writer summarize the story they intend to write. I hope to build on that … Continue reading Plots and Plans
Tackling one-sentence summaries for new ideas or completed works.
Yes, you read that title right. Exposing the character can risk the attachments the reader has made to your protagonist, but also increase their value. Risk makes life exciting and frustrating all at once. Maybe you put your heart on the line and come away with ache. Perhaps you like the thrill of gambling? Risk … Continue reading Risk the Reader; Expose the Character