Narrative is the telling of a story, the events and consequences for the characters. Scenes are those passages in a narrative when we, as writers and readers, slow down and focus on an important event in the story so that we are "in the moment" with the characters in action. Scene is Action No matter … Continue reading What is a Scene?
Stories are a trip. And like all good trips, it's about the journey, not necessarily about the destination. As writers, it's our job to make the journey as engaging and entertaining as possible. One of our difficulties though, can be the start of the trip, the Exposition. We need to avoid too much Exposition whenever and … Continue reading The Slippery Slope of Exposition
So, my writing about writing has taken a backseat to my writing about sports recently, but as I find myself waiting for the termite tenting crew to arrive at my house, I've decided to whip up a new little post. Last night I finished a short story, and this morning I submitted it to a … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: The First 50 Pages, or, Gimme Some Space, Short Story!
I'm one of Those people. Yep. I'm the guy that'll open a blast email from, say, Writer's Digest, and buy something they're advertising--thus ensuring another blast will clutter any number of inboxes. The item in question this time is a writing book (yes, another writing book) entitled: The Nighttime Novelist by Joseph Bates. This book grabbed … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Building Initial Ideas, or, Get Thee to a Nunnery!
Ideas rattle through the cavernous recesses of my mind perpetually. They seem to come in all the "normal" places--you know, the shower, the car. While listening to a particular artist, while staring at the ceiling above my bed. I dutifully jot down the nuggets of these ideas and go about the rest of my day, … Continue reading Becoming a Storyteller: Don’t Panic, or, The Perils of Exposition