“Hope” is Here!

[frame align=”left”][/frame]My name is Karen Henderson and I use my birth name, Karen Lee Field, as my pen name. “Hope” is a project that is close to my heart. I have wanted to do something since I lost my son to suicide in 2006. In many ways, it gave me purpose, which in turn gave … Read more“Hope” is Here!

Writing Course: Elements of Short Story Writing (Part 2)

You might want to read Part 1 first. Setting A setting doesn’t need to specify a country, it can be confined to a town, house, room, car, park, tunnel or anywhere else. The setting needs to be there but doesn’t need to take on a role. However, some authors manage to make the setting as … Read moreWriting Course: Elements of Short Story Writing (Part 2)

Writing Course: Elements of Short Story Writing (Part 1)

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)

Writing Course: History of the Short Story

A short story is fiction. It should not be confused with true events, which is written as non-fiction. A short story is an account of what if? What might have happened. It is difficult to determine when the first short story was written. Narratives from The Golden Age of Greece and the New Testament contain … Read moreWriting Course: History of the Short Story

Accepted: Amunet’s Gift

I’m proud to announce my story, Amunet’s Gift, has been accepted for publication in 100 Stories for Queensland. The anthology will be published on 8 March 2011 and all proceeds will be donated to the survivors of the recent floods in Queensland. This is a great cause, so please be sure to purchase a copy … Read moreAccepted: Amunet’s Gift

Learning to Detach Yourself when Receiving Critiques

April Hamilton wrote a very interesting post called When Editing & Critiquing, Check Your Personal Opinions At The Door. This reminder comes at a great time because yesterday I sent one of my older short stories to a critique group for the once over. Luckily for me, I’m not new to the game of critiquing … Read moreLearning to Detach Yourself when Receiving Critiques