Writing Lesson 8 – What’s Inside Counts

Creating Unforgettable Characters, Part 2 One goal as a writer is to create characters that become like full-fledged humans living and moving inside your story world or setting. They possess the traits and beliefs expressed by people in everyday … [Continue reading]

Writing Lesson 7 – Your Hero’s Outer and Inner Journey

The Hero's Outer Journey A compelling hero takes two journeys in a story. The outer journey follows the plot line. It includes the goal, motivation and conflict we’ve already discussed. It begins with his goal and the steps he takes to reach that … [Continue reading]

Writing Lesson 6 – A Change of Perspective

Choose POV Characters to Make the Most of Conflict in a Story "It was a sunny day. Nothing happened." Boring, right? Stories are about conflict. Unless your characters have obstacles to face, there's just not much to tell. It stands to reason, … [Continue reading]

Writing Lesson 5 – What a Difference a Word Makes

Choose Writing Words Wisely Your parents or grandparents might have learned to read using primers featuring characters named Dick, Jane, Sally, Puff and Spot. (Puff and Spot were the cat and dog.) These stories used very basic vocabulary, lots of … [Continue reading]

Writing Lesson 4 – Building Beginnings

Start Your Story with a Writing Hook “Where do I begin...?” That's the opening line of a famous song. It's also a big question we face every time we sit down to write. It doesn't matter if it's a story, play, poem, essay, or a letter to a friend. … [Continue reading]