Chess is a story as well as a game. This article shows parallels between stages of story plots and stages of chess games.
There are two main modes of story-telling: the story-teller and the writer. The story-teller mode mimics oral tradition and predates the writer mode. There is much to be learned from each of these writing modes regardless of the type of writing you do. There are several story-teller modes (Navajo oral tradition is quite different from, […]
Writing flash fiction can help you identify your audience. Because they are quick to write, you can easily test different types of endings and see which type of endings your target audience best responds to. Or work in reverse and write the endings you like in order to narrow down the identity of your target […]
A possible benefit of flash fiction is that the middle is so short. Many people struggle with middles although for me the most difficult part is cutting my middles down to size. Flash fiction emphasizes techniques that can help me do this. But if you are the type who writes your middles too short, […]
Okay. As part of my learning about flash fiction, I’ve decided to break down the short structure into its opening, middle, and end. While some of the advice will be true for any story, some is especially important for word-limited format. Character: Set up in two sentences. At least one of these sentences should be […]
Maybe it is because my WIP is so long but I’ve recently become interested in flash fiction. Depending on who you ask, flash fiction usually runs between 300 and 1000 words. Micro fiction is even shorter! I am no good at short stories but maybe I will give flash fiction a try. Plot: One benefit […]
I’m hammering out the broad shape of two big subplots in my new book. Sadly, I don’t believe that any book will help me with this. Subplots are unique to each story. But some elements are standard for subplots that span the length of most the book. Introduction. Characters may be set up in the […]