Read the original article at Write Well, Write to Sell by Write Well, Write To Sell on August 11th, 2014 at 9:05 PM Posted In: How to write a story From Rick: Last time we completed the first draft of “Jury Duty.” Now, it’s time to look at some revisions. The original version was about 2100 words, a reasonable length for a short story. We can approach our revision from a number of directions, but it’s often best to start with the opening. I had already decided to cast this in first person, and it seems to work well in…
Read the original article at Write Well, Write to Sell by Write Well, Write To Sell on August 4th, 2014 at 8:12 PM Posted In: How to write a story From Rick: This week I’m going to finish the rough draft “Jury Duty,” but I’ll do it in two stages. Let me explain. A story needs five elements: setting, character, plot, conflict, resolution. The first two are easy to understand. “Plot” is sometimes vague thing to some people, but a good definition is “the main events of a presented as an interrelated sequence.” Plot isn’t what the story is about,…
Read the original article at Write Well, Write to Sell by Write Well, Write To Sell on July 28th, 2014 at 9:44 PM Posted In: Guest posts, How to write a story Guest post by Sherri Ellerman ========== From Rick: Sherri Ellerman has been a very active member of Silver Pen since she joined several months ago. Aside from her activities and work at Silver Pen, she recently became the flash fiction editor for Liquid Imagination magazine. When I saw her post on the Silver Pen forum about elements in a romance novel, I knew we should have it here…
Read the original article at Write Well, Write to Sell by Write Well, Write To Sell on July 21st, 2014 at 7:51 PM Posted In: How to write a story From Rick: This week I’m going to pick up where I left off two weeks ago. In that post, I began with an idea, showed how I developed it into an initial and potentially workable story concept, and created the main character. I also picked the viewpoint (third person) and the tense (past). I’m sure that some of you who read the opening probably yawned at it or at least…
Read the original article at Write Well, Write to Sell by Write Well, Write To Sell on July 14th, 2014 at 8:08 PM Posted In: How to write a story Guest post by Annette Taylor ========== From Rick: This week’s post comes from writer Annette Taylor who originally submitted this as an article to Fabula Argentea magazine. It was an excellent article, but FA only publishes stories. It gave me an idea for a series of articles for the blog, so I contracted Annette about letting us use her article as the opening for that series, which I’m calling “From…
Read the original article at Write Well, Write to Sell by Write Well, Write To Sell on July 7th, 2014 at 9:41 PM Posted In: How to write a story From Rick: Over the next several weeks (at least), I’m going to be doing a series on how to write a story from idea to finished product. Along the way, we will also have some guest blogs that tie in to this as well. We’ve talked before about various aspects of fiction (point of view, openings, conflict, action scenes–to name a few), and we’ve mentioned the five narrative forms (description,…
Read the original article at Write Well, Write to Sell by Write Well, Write To Sell on June 30th, 2014 at 8:31 PM Posted In: Story Details From Scott: In the previous six installments of my police investigation series, I focused primarily on the investigation at death scenes for five of them. I covered a number of aspects of these cases, including how we determine if a death is accidental, murder, suicide, or natural. I examined ways to estimate how long it has been since the person’s death, and I covered the procedures we follow for each situation. In a…
Read the original article at Write Well, Write to Sell by Write Well, Write To Sell on June 17th, 2014 at 8:51 PM Posted In: Characters, Novel writing, Story Details From Rick: How can you design a character that is supposed to be smarter/more clever/more intelligent than the author? This question came up recently on the Forum at Silver Pen. (Readers of this blog readers who are not members of Silver Pen should consider joining. It’s free and it’s a great place to learn to improve your writing.) Several people chimed in with advice. Before we look at the answers,…
Read the original article at Write Well, Write to Sell by Write Well, Write To Sell on June 9th, 2014 at 9:34 PM Posted In: Basics of writing, Dialog From Rick: It’s been over a year since I wrote Part 4 of this series. You can see and read parts 1-4 simply by going to clicking here to go to Rick's "Dialog" category at his blog. In this installment, I want to offer some tips on the basics of writing good dialog. Some writers struggle with dialog, while to others it comes naturally. Why is dialog important in stories? Done…
Read the original article at Write Well, Write to Sell by Write Well, Write To Sell on June 2nd, 2014 at 8:26 PM Posted In: General, Story Details From Rick: In PART 1, we discussed the use of names and addresses in fiction. Last time, in PART 2, Scott expanded on this and added his perspective. This time we’re going to delve into the use of numerical and other personal identifiers, plus IP addresses and websites. Scott’s comments apply very strongly to these. I only present them to show what you CAN do and to give you a relatively safe…
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