Focused on Fiction: Five Storytelling Tips

The Daily Post

November — and with it, NaNoWriMo — might be drawing to a close, but fiction writers don’t stop telling stories just because another page is torn from the calendar. And whatever the season, slapping sentences into a compelling narrative is never easy.

We’ve all heard the common axioms recited to writers everywhere: “Write everyday!” “Show, don’t tell!” “Write about what you know!” Sometimes, though, it’s a good idea to try something different to get the creative juices flowing in new directions. Here are five writing tips that might sound counterintuitive at first, but could potentially help you cross a word-count threshold, smash through a writer’s block, or just come up with a new story idea.

View original post 836 more words

Focused on Fiction: Five Storytelling Tips

Reblogged from The Daily Post:

Click to visit the original post

  • Click to visit the original post

November — and with it, NaNoWriMo — might be drawing to a close, but fiction writers don’t stop telling stories just because another page is torn from the calendar. And whatever the season, slapping sentences into a compelling narrative is never easy.

We’ve all heard the common axioms recited to writers everywhere: “Write everyday!” “Show, don’t tell!” “Write about what you know!” Sometimes, though, it’s a good idea to try something different to get the creative juices flowing in new directions.

Read more… 891 more words

from Stark Writing Crazy https://cjcasey.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/focused-on-fiction-five-storytelling-tips/
via IFTTT

Focused on Fiction: Five Storytelling Tips

Reblogged from The Daily Post:

Click to visit the original post

  • Click to visit the original post

November — and with it, NaNoWriMo — might be drawing to a close, but fiction writers don’t stop telling stories just because another page is torn from the calendar. And whatever the season, slapping sentences into a compelling narrative is never easy.

We’ve all heard the common axioms recited to writers everywhere: “Write everyday!” “Show, don’t tell!” “Write about what you know!” Sometimes, though, it’s a good idea to try something different to get the creative juices flowing in new directions.

Read more… 891 more words

from Stark Writing Crazy https://cjcasey.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/focused-on-fiction-five-storytelling-tips/
via IFTTT

Sarah Hoyt, Elf Blood: Chapter One

The excellent writer, commentator, and self-publishing motivator Sarah Hoyt is currently serializing her new novel Elf Blood over at the Mad Genius Club. She’s a little ways into it, and I haven’t quite caught up (see my last post on moving hell), but I can speak for the first five chapters that this is an enchanting and well-written fusion of fantasy and mystery fiction. Everyone who’s listened to or read my work at Way Too Fantasy should already know that fusion fiction makes me tingle in places I never talk about in polite company (and only rarely bring up in rude company). I highly recommend you check it out.

Elf Blood, Chapter One

 

Light Blogging This Week

So, this week I’m going to be blogging much lighter than usual… I’m moving today. Granted, it’s just two-and-a-half miles away (to Old Fourth Ward, for you Atlantans out there, or you Atlanteans, for that matter) but I have a lot of books. Next week I’ll resume the podcast. I have one of mine and maybe another writer’s work to put up, plus I’ll have someone else with me, and we’ll get to talk about books, inspiration, and sanity, and especially where to find all three of them.

For those of you who followed me over from The 365 Poetry Project, welcome! Yes, I’ll have more rants about writing soon, though this week’s might be about how moving 30-plus boxes of books is a damn good argument in favour of e-readers. For those of you who didn’t, this is an article that Charlotte at the 365 Poetry Project posted about reading poetry, this is my rebuttal, and this is her re-rebuttal (I have a poetic license… I can make up words) along with some really good comments from her readers. It’s been a fun debate so far.

Expect your normal allowance of inspiration and desperate clinging to sanity to begin again on Friday. For my USAnian readers, Happy Thanksgiving! For my non-USAnian Jewish readers (like myself, except I’m from the US), Happy Hanukkah! For my Norse Readers, Happy Thor’s Day! And for everyone else, have a good, safe weekend.

Poetry Monday: William Carlos Williams

The Mind Hesitant

Sometimes the river,
becomes a river in the mind
or of the mind
or in and of the mind

Its banks snow
The tide falling a dark
rim lies between
the water and the shore

And the mind hesitant
regarding the stream
senses
a likeness which it

will find — a complex
image:  something
of white brows
bound by a ribbon

of sooty thought
beyond, yes well beyond
the mobile features
of swiftly

flowing waters, before
the tide will
change
and rise again, maybe