Writing Corner: Story Arcs – The Beginning

Story Arcs Most novels you read will have three parts: the beginning, middle, and end. Shorter stories have this too, but of course they are much shorter (no kidding). Each part of the story has a specific job and the level of action and tension is different in each part. This change in level is…

Muse on Monday – September 13, 2021

Welcome to the beginning of a new week! Scroll down to read Leather Vest by Olzhasbek Zhakenov, a great example of a dark comedy about a lazy cowboy, the prompt for last week. Muse on Monday is a weekly writing challenge to help you improve your writing and have fun, open to anyone of any…

Writing Corner: Getting Story Ideas

Getting Story Ideas Have you ever wanted to write a story but you can’t think of a good idea? Everything you think of sounds like something you’ve written before or just sounds stupid. What do you do? Everyone has their own techniques, I’m sure, but I’m going to share a few of the ideas I…

The Book Under the Bed

The Book Under the Bed The box under Michael’s bed was in a fire-proof documents safe with two keys. It was a lot of protection, especially since Michael took it out and read the book every day without fail. It was the sort of book he should have found in the dusty corner of an…

Muse on Monday – September 6, 2021

Welcome back! The Green-Walled Treehouse was off for a few weeks, but we are back and ready for the new school year. We hope you are all rested from the summer and ready to dive into a new year. Muse on Monday is a weekly writing challenge to help you improve your writing and have…

Writing Corner: Types of Fiction

Types of Fiction A while back, I did a post on genre, which is a way of classifying stories by their subject. Today I’m going to look at types of fiction based on their length. When we talk about books, we often talk about the number of pages. However, the number of pages in a…

Writing Corner: Personification

Personification The word “personification” means, literally, “to make into a person. This is when we describe non-living things with human description. For example: The trees moaned in the wind, reaching out blind fingers to caress us as we walked by. Trees can’t really moan, of course, since they don’t have mouths. We are saying that…

Ate Hidilyn

Ate Hidilyn Tala was getting frantic. She had lost one of her tsinelas. It had fallen off her foot as she was running along the path down to her house, and although it was pink with light-green straps, it was nowhere to be found. It was too dark to see but she could not bear…

Forever Brave, Forever Seventeen

Forever Brave, Forever Seventeen Part I “Grandpa, I will be in the attic, listening to music there. Don’t lose me.” “Okay, Charlie. Be careful.” Charlie climbed to the attic of his grandfather’s house. The attic was his favorite place because there was a quiet and calm atmosphere. Moreover, the window was looking directly at the…