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….

Writing Corner: Genre

Genre The category or kind of story it is. Usually used for stories, books, TV shows, and movies The word “genre” just means “kind” or “type” but it is a special word usually used for types of stories, such as in books, TV shows, or movies. I am only going to talk about written story…

Writing Corner: Setting

Setting The place and the time when the story happens When we think of setting, we often think of the place where a story happens, but there are actually two parts to setting: the place where it happens and the time when it happens, meaning if the story takes place in the past, the present,…

Writing Corner: Characters

Characters The people in your story, both the good and bad ones and any others. They do not have to be human. The characters are one of the most important parts of a story since they are the ones the story happens to. When we read a story or watch a movie or TV show,…

Writing Corner: Conflict

This is the first of a weekly series called Writing Corner. It is a place where young writers can hopefully learn things that will help their own writing. There are many different opinions about how to write well, but I will share what I have learned from my own writing experience, from 100-word stories to…