Understanding Story, Plot and Narrative

“Rip Van Winkle” is the quintessential American short story.  It is compact, has an impact, and a beginning, middle and end that you can read in one setting.  More importantly it has humor.  The story is full of meaningful descriptions and imagery.  “Rip Van Winkle” is simply enjoyable and fun to read.  Like other short stories, it is influenced byContinue reading “Understanding Story, Plot and Narrative”

Writers on Writing: Kim Antieau

KIM ANTIEAU is a prolific writer, researcher, librarian, publisher and blogger. She has published 20 novels, six collections of short stories, four non-fiction books and numerous short stories, articles and poems. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, and fellow writer, Mario Milosevic. ANGELA: Where do your ideas come from? KIM: I getContinue reading “Writers on Writing: Kim Antieau”

Writing: Structure and Organization

The structure and organization of writing is critical to effective communication. There is a standard format that can be followed regardless of the purpose or intended audience (two important elements that were discussed in this post). The following framework will help you successfully convey your thoughts and ideas. You may recognize it as the formatContinue reading “Writing: Structure and Organization”

Seize the Moment – Grab a Short Story

[T]he story demands that you become a fuller participant in said experience. There won’t be any long authorial seduction of the reader; you need to be primed when you show up. And no chapters full of backstory, set-pieces, window-dressing, etc. Of course, all readers should be alert and dedicated all the time, but a novelContinue reading “Seize the Moment – Grab a Short Story”

Writers on Writing: Nina Kiriki Hoffman

NINA KIRIKI HOFFMAN is an award-winning author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. She has been nominated for every major award for her short fiction in the fantasy and science fiction genre. ANGELA: Where do your ideas come from? NINA: Ideas are all around. I always have at least a pen and a piece ofContinue reading “Writers on Writing: Nina Kiriki Hoffman”

Writing Tips for Smooth and Engaging Writing

Effective communication is the sharing of information that others pay attention to, understand, remember and use. Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? Check out the following strategies to communicate more effectively. They are not just meant for college students or people who write for a living such as technical writersContinue reading “Writing Tips for Smooth and Engaging Writing”

Experiencing Drama

“Good night, good night. Parting is such sweet sorrow that I’ll say good night until tonight becomes tomorrow.“ Romeo and Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2 Drama imitates. Poetry animates. Short stories fixate. While these three forms of literature share common elements, they often use them differently, or for a different end. Short stories focus onContinue reading “Experiencing Drama”

Writers on Writing: Louise Marley

LOUISE MARLEY is a prolific writer of science fiction/fantasy and historical fiction with strong female characters. She has been awarded the Endeavor Award three times. She has written under the pseudonyms Cate Campbell, Louisa Morgan, and Toby Bishop. Ms. Marley used to sing professionally with the Seattle Opera and music features significantly in several ofContinue reading “Writers on Writing: Louise Marley”

The Writing Life: Survival Lessons

I am a prolific reader. I’ve always loved escaping into amazing realms. From school days spent in the library, avoiding bullies, through today when I am fortunate enough to earn an income reading, editing, and writing, books have been like a best friend. They are a source of comfort, inspiration, and a well of infiniteContinue reading “The Writing Life: Survival Lessons”