Muse on Monday – June 7, 2021, Featuring “The Hinge”

It is June and summer is in the air. As part of that, the Green-Walled Treehouse has launched the Summer 2021 Young Writers Contest. To find out more about it, go to the Writing Contest tab at the top or click on the picture below. The challenge of Muse on Monday is to write a…

Writing Corner: Story Tense

Story Tense The tense of the story means when it is happening, either in the past or the present. This gets into grammar a bit more than other topics, but I am going to try to keep it very simple. How Many Tenses are There? When we think of verb tenses, usually we think of…

The Good Octopus

The Good Octopus If you are like me, then the first thing your grandfather told you when you were young was to stay away from octopuses. It’s not that octopuses are bad; they are just tricksy. It’s all their arms. Most people have two arms, so you can see what they are doing, but octopuses…

The Summer 2021 Young Writers Contest is Open!

Announcing the Summer 2021 Young Writers Contest! Today is June 1 and that means it’s basically summer now. And, as of today, the Green-Walled Treehouse’s Summer 2021 Young Writers Contest is open! All the details are in the Writing Contest tab at the top of the page or you can click here. However, here is…

Writing Corner: Point of View

Point of View Point of view in fiction means what parts of the story the reader can see. Think of the reader as a ghost. The characters don’t know the reader is there (usually) and the reader can move anywhere in the story very quickly. However, it is up to the writer, where they go….

First Flight

First Flight I look out the window, down at an engine so big I could stand up inside it. Of course it has to be big to move something as big as a building: a building that will be flying miles up in the air in a few minutes. I tighten my seat belt. This…

Muse on Monday – May 24, 2021, Featuring “Quick Cash”

I hope you’re having a good Monday. It is Victoria Day in Canada, so if you are Canadian, enjoy your holiday. What a great chance to write a story! The challenge of Muse on Monday is to write a short story and use the elements listed below. If you’re 18 years old or younger, you…

Writing Corner: Character Description

Character Description A few weeks ago, I did a post on description in fiction, but today I’m going to talk specifically about character description, meaning how a writer describes a character, either when they are first introduced or throughout the story. Since description is one of the three main parts of fiction writing, along with…