Writing Corner: Fourth Wall Breaks

Fourth Wall Breaks A fourth wall break: when the line between the story world and the real world becomes blurred. What is the Fourth Wall? The fourth wall is a term from plays, TV shows or movies. Imagine if you are looking at a room in a TV show. You can see up to three…

Writing Corner: The Hyphen

The Hyphen I mentioned hyphens briefly in my post on the dash, but I am going to look at them a little more here, especially in a unique way they can be used in fiction. A hyphen is the shortest of all the lines used in punctuation. It is used when two or more words…

Writing Corner: World Building

World Building Story World: the setting of a story The nice thing about fiction is that you, the writer, make the rules. When you write non-fiction, you are (hopefully) limited by facts. But with fiction, you can change whatever you want to fit the story. This is especially true with the setting, or story world….

Writing Corner: Cliches

Cliches “Cliche” is a word that comes from French, so it is pronounced in the French way, which is “klee-SHAY”. You might see it written with an accent on the “e”, like this: cliché. That is how it is spelled in French but since we don’t use accents in English, it is okay to leave…

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: 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…