Muse on Monday – September 26, 2022

Dialogue is one of the main parts of fiction writing, along with exposition and description. How much of each is in your story depends on the type of story you are writing, but it is possible with a very short story to write a story completely of dialogue. This could be either talking or through…

Muse on Monday – September 19, 2022

Have you ever noticed how there is a higher proportion of stories about writers than other jobs? That’s because writers tend to write about what they know and what they know is writers. However, there are a lot of other jobs with interesting stories out there. Just talk to someone in tech support, for example,…

Muse on Monday – September 12, 2022

I’ll be traveling for the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean the stories stop coming or that the muses stop musing. This week’s story prompt is the first line of a story. The rest of the story is up to you. Story Prompt: September 12, 2022 I heard from my friend that the blue…

Muse on Monday – September 5, 2022

No matter where you live or what your life is like, there is always beauty that pops up. Admittedly, if you live in a Swiss mountain valley, there might be more than if you live in a sewer, but there is nowhere without any beautify if you have the eyes to see it. This is…

Muse on Monday – August 29, 2022

Would you want to know everything? It would simplify some things and massively complicate other things. And you’d always know how a book ended before you read it, so that would be annoying. Much of the conflict in stories is based on a lack of key knowledge: for instance, romantic comedies often hinge on a…

Muse on Monday – August 22, 2022

I don’t know about you, but this past week was a long week for me. I work in a university, and we have hundreds of new students arriving and getting ready to start classes. It’s hard to find time to eat sometimes, let alone write stories. Sometimes when you are busy and tired it is…

What is the Meaning of Life? Food? Yes!

What’s the Meaning of Life? Food? Yes! All my life goes around food. I bake to entertain. In 2020, when quarantine started, I was bored. We all sat at home for about a month without going outside except going to our garden. At that moment I started trying activities: started sewing and finished by bringing…

Muse on Monday – August 15, 2022

Stories are everywhere. Not just ideas for stories but actual stories: if you see a wrecked car on the side of the road, that contains a whole host of stories, including the final one that led to it being wrecked. A painting holds the story of its creation as well as the ideas that the…

Writing Corner: Character Motivations

Have you ever read a story and when a character does something, you find yourself thinking, “Okay, but why?” This is a question you don’t want your readers to ask if you don’t have a plan how to answer it in the story. Characters should never do things just to make the story happen. Let’s…

Muse on Monday – August 8, 2022

Emotions are very important in storytelling, of course. However, it is not only the characters that can have emotions. The entire story can have an overall feeling, whether it is sad, joyous, tense, scary or anything else. This is called the mood. You can show this in the descriptions of the setting (is the sky…