The elements of short story include: characterisation dialogue point of view setting structure narrative style Creating Believable Characters Most mainstream short stories are ‘character driven’ rather than ‘plot driven’. For this reason, it is important for fiction writers to develop their characterisation skills. The best place to start is by reading short stories written … Read moreWriting Course: Elements of Short Story Writing (Part 1)
Originally posted on another site on 5 April 2010. Further to my post the other day entitled Character Development, Using the Voice Journal Writing Technique I am pleased to say that I find this technique excellent. This simple technique allowed me to get into the character’s head so completely, that I now have a thorough … Read moreUsing the Voice Journal Writing Technique
Originally posted on another site on 4 April 2010. Deborah Woehr recently wrote a post on Character Development, Using the Voice Journal Writing Technique. The technique is a simple exercise but I feel it would open the doors for the author to see more than they, at first, could imagine. I haven’t actually tried the … Read moreCharacter Development, Using the Voice Journal Writing Technique
Originally posted on another site on 2 March 2010. Have you ever read a book and not accepted the character’s actions? Have you ever declared aloud, “That’s stupid, no one would do that.” I have. And I’ve heard other people say it too. But in all honesty, how do you know how you’d really react … Read moreWhat would the reader do?
During the week, when I normally have little to no internet access, I found myself with a few minutes to spare and someone else’s computer to use. My website was offline (refer to My Domain Name Expired!) and I was feeling rather…cut off from the writing world. I guess this was the reason I typed … Read moreDifference between Protagonist, Antagonist and Contagonist
I want to thank everyone for your replies to my post Find Strength & Stop Being Nice! You’ve really shown your support and I appreciate that. Before I go any further I must mention that Mirror Image is fiction based on real life events. Now that I’ve had a few days to think about it, … Read moreDid That Character Swear?
by Lea Schizas No, not conflict of interest…not conflict within your being…but conflict found in a story. What exactly is conflict in a story? Simple…a problem/obstacle your main character needs to overcome by the end of the story. Think of it as your engine that drives your car forward. Without one your car remains idle, … Read moreGrab Your Reader With Conflict
Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works. ~Virginia Woolf Whilst looking for inspiration from those who have gone before us, I came across the above quote by Virginia Woolf. It reminded me of a discussion on my message board about … Read moreA Writer’s Soul