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….