Writing Corner: Exposition

Stories don’t happen in a vacuum. Conflict might be the seed of a story, but the story has to planted somewhere and be about something. We want to make sure the reader understands the ideas in the story. This is where we have to guess what they already know. We might assume the reader could…

Writing Corner: Ellipses

Ellipses When you see three dots together (like this: …), this is called an ellipsis. Because of English’s entertaining grammar rules, the plural of ellipsis is ellipses (just like other words that come from Greek and end in -is). Whenever you see this, it means that something is missing. You usually see these in non-fiction,…

Writing Corner: Flashbacks

Flashbacks Today we’re going to look at the idea of a story-inside-a-story. This is when the main story stops to tell a second story. The most common form of this is a flashback, which is why I used it for the title of the post. There are other types of stories-inside-a-story as well. Today we…

Chatwalk

Chatwalk “What’s that one, Daddy?” “Uh, that one is a maple.” “How do you know?” “Look at the leaves. They have a special shape.” “But how do you know that’s the name of it?” “My dad told me, when I was about your age, I guess.” “How did he know?” “I suppose his mom or…

Writing Corner: The Dash

The Dash A dash (—) is a piece of punctuation that you don’t hear about as much as others. It is a line that is used as a break in the writing for one reason or another. The reason that it is not often taught in schools is that it is usually for informal writing,…

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: 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…