Writing Corner: Group Words

English has a lot of little quirks, but one of the quirkiest is all the words it has for groups of animals. If you look at a site like Owlcation, you can find a huge list of words, many of which sounds like they’re just made up, but probably were used very long ago. Still,…

Writing Corner: The Right To Write

Today’s post is written by guest writer, Susannah Bianchi. Check out her slightly-on-slant essays and novels at athingirl.com. The Right To Write The Right to Write is my favorite go-to writing book by esteemed author, Julia Cameron. Though I have others…Bird By Bird, by Anne Lamott, Stephen King’s On Writing, hers is the one I…

Writing Corner: Writing Spaces

When it comes to writing productively, when and where we write are very important and very individual. Everyone is going to write best in different circumstances based on their personality. Personally, my ideal writing situation is in the evening in a coffee shop. I’m a night person so that is when I’m the most awake…

Writing Corner: Cliffhangers

Two of the things that keeps people reading your story are mystery and tension: not only things that the readers doesn’t know but very important things to the characters: things that could make or break their whole lives even. One way to do this is with cliffhangers. A cliffhanger is when the story stops at…

Writing Corner: Accuracy in Fiction

The good thing about writing fiction is that it’s not true. That means you don’t have to cite sources or do any research. If the facts don’t fit your story, you can change the facts. It’s pretty sweet. But does a story have to be accurate at all? If so, how much? That is what…

Writing Corner: Your Audience

There are two parts to the writing experience: the reader and the writer. If it is something like a diary that you are not going to show anyone, then you are both the reader and the writer. But there are always both. The people who you would like to read your story are your audience….

Writing Corner: The Period

The period, meaning the dot at the end of a sentence, is a pretty straightforward piece of punctuation. After all, it just comes at the end of a sentence, right? This is true, although it can be used a little differently sometimes in fiction writing. At the End of a Sentence There are five ways…

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: Swearing

Today I’m going to talk about using swearing in your writing. Swearing as an idea is not very well defined but I am going to use it to mean any words that are crude, religiously profane, graphic, or sexual. Books are not usually rated, but movies are so we can think of swearing as anything…

Writing Corner: Framing Devices

Normally when we read a story, the narrator is simply telling us the story, whether it is a narrator outside the story (3rd person) or a character in the story (1st person). This is a one-level story. However, sometimes, just like a frame around a picture, one story can be wrapped around another. This is…