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: Story Series

Story Series There are times when you might write a story and realize that there is no way to contain the whole story in the amount of space you have. In that situation, there are several things you can do: Cut the story down to make it fit. This would mean either taking out some…

Writing Corner: The Magic of Language

The Magic of Language There is a certain kind of magic around language that we don’t realize very often since it is so much a part of our lives. On one hand, language is a way to transmit all the deep things inside of you to other people. There is nothing else that can do…

Writing Corner: Efficient Writing

Efficient Writing One great thing about writing is that it is free. You might need a computer or at least paper and a pen, but after that, you are free to write literally anything you want and as much as you want. However, that is not true if you want people to actually read your…

Writing Corner: As…as Comparisons

As…as Comparisons One of the ways that English has to describe things is with comparisons using as…as, as in “as big as a house”. It is similar to metaphorical language because we can describe unknown or alien things by comparing them to known things. English has a huge number of set examples of these. For…

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…

Writing Corner: Story Arcs – The End

Story Arcs: The End In the previous Writing Corner post, we looked at the ending part of the story arc. This is usually the shortest and least important part of the story arc. However, it is still important since this is the last thing the reader will read. Last week, I mentioned the idea of…

Writing Corner: Story Arcs – The Middle

Story Arcs: The Middle In the last Writing Corner post, we looked at the beginning part of the story arc, where we are introduced to the setting, main characters and the story leads up to the event where the main conflict begins. Every story is different, so it is hard to generalize, but that is…

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…

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…