What is the Meaning of Life? Food? Yes!

What’s the Meaning of Life? Food? Yes! All my life goes around food. I bake to entertain. In 2020, when quarantine started, I was bored. We all sat at home for about a month without going outside except going to our garden. At that moment I started trying activities: started sewing and finished by bringing…

Finding Koimee

Finding Koimee I was just getting off my knees after looking under another garbage-strewn bench, when the flashlight beam fell on me. “Can I help you, sir.” It wasn’t a question. “Um, hi, sorry,” I said, shielding my eyes. “Just looking for Koimee.” “Is that your dog?” “No, he’s a frog.” “A frog.” I sighed….

Muse on Monday – August 15, 2022

Stories are everywhere. Not just ideas for stories but actual stories: if you see a wrecked car on the side of the road, that contains a whole host of stories, including the final one that led to it being wrecked. A painting holds the story of its creation as well as the ideas that the…

Writing Corner: Character Motivations

Have you ever read a story and when a character does something, you find yourself thinking, “Okay, but why?” This is a question you don’t want your readers to ask if you don’t have a plan how to answer it in the story. Characters should never do things just to make the story happen. Let’s…

Reunion of the Titans

Reunion of the Titans They arrived together, monstrous ships blotting out the sun as they landed. Trash dervished in the still air. Security forces poured out, forming concentric perimeters around the Meeting Location, scanning for threats in three dimensions. The two Titans descended, walking towards each other like a Wild West re-enactment. Either of their…

Muse on Monday – August 8, 2022

Emotions are very important in storytelling, of course. However, it is not only the characters that can have emotions. The entire story can have an overall feeling, whether it is sad, joyous, tense, scary or anything else. This is called the mood. You can show this in the descriptions of the setting (is the sky…

Everything is OK

Everything is OK I’ve been worried about everything so far. For most teenagers, this is a normal phenomenon. And from time to time it will get bigger if you don’t solve it. You don’t realize it so quickly. The same thing happened to me. Starting from the 6th grade, I had a big mental trauma,…

Muse on Monday – August 1, 2022

Food is a very big part of our lives, even if it’s often a mundane part of it. In stories, we often don’t need to mention every time the characters eat or drink, unless it’s important to the story. However, there are times when food can be absolutely central to a story. This is true…

Writing Corner: Story Maps

It’s not usually the case for short stories, but novels will often come with a story map. As someone who loves maps and is very visual, I’m always happy when a story has a map in it. Maps can help you picture where things are taking place as you are reading. Not everyone feels the…

The Greens Shall Inherit the Earth

I swear that I didn’t intend to write on a similar theme as my last post: The Birth of Dandelions, written by Kazakhstani writer Anel Fuller. But when you sit down to write and a story pops out, that’s what you get. The Greens Shall Inherit the Earth We were assigned four plots, so we…