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…

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….

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…

Writing Corner: Dialogue

Dialogue Dialogue is one of the main three parts of fiction writing, along with action and description. Dialogue is everything that people say, either to themselves or to others. We’re going to look at how to write dialogue and some things you should (and shouldn’t) do when writing it. Writing Dialogue This is a short…

Writing Corner: Endings

Endings Two weeks ago, I wrote about story beginnings but today I am going to write about endings. The difference, however, is that I am not going to give any examples from real stories. The problem with endings is that they really do not make sense without knowing the story that came ahead of them…

Writing Corner: Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction There are various definitions of what flash fiction is, but for our purposes here, let’s just say that flash fiction means a very short story, usually less than 1000 words. This is a good type of story for a blog or website since people do not usually browse the internet looking for 20,000-word…

Writing Corner: Beginnings

Beginnings They say you only get one chance to make a first impression and the beginning of your story is your first impression. You want to “hook” a reader, to grab them and make them interested enough to read the rest of the story. That sounds like a lot, but don’t stress about it. We’ll…

Writing Corner: Description

Description Painting a picture with your words so the reader can see the story in their mind There are three main parts of writing in fiction: description, action and dialogue. Very simply, action is what the people do (or what is done to them) and dialogue is what they say. The job of description is…

Writing Corner: Tone

Tone The feeling that the writing produces and the style it is written in Last week, I talked about genres, which are categories that we can put stories into, such as fantasy, romance, suspense, etc. The tone of a story is more the feeling of the writing. Think of it like a tone of voice….

The Green-Walled Treehouse is open for submissions!

Do you know a writer who is interested in sharing their ideas and stories with the world? The Green-Walled Treehouse is now accepting submissions for creative works that will be published on the site. If you or someone you know is interested, you can fill out one of the three submission forms below. You can…