Theme: The Marrow of Your Story – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® If structure is the bones of story, theme is the marrow.
Plainly defined, theme is what our stories mean, and it is revealed through other literary elements such as character, plot, dialogue, perspective, setting, mood, and tone. Stories may have several themes. Oftentimes readers—and writers caught off guard—express themes as single-word motifs or a phrase that refers to philosophical-sounding concepts. Sometimes themes are so implicit, even the writer isn’t much aware of them. Other times, they are wonderfully obvious, such as when several characters in Moulin Rouge (2001) sing “Freedom! Mastering Stylistic Tension - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®
One of the first things writers learn is to start a story with conflict.
Some writers have bombs go off. Others start with a death. Or a break-up. But over the years, looking at unpublished material, I’ve learned and relearned that how such conflicts are rendered on the page stylistically can often be just as important as the conflict itself, and sometimes even more important. I’ve seen a lot of stories start with the dead or dying—a topic that is universal to the human experience. Often it’s based on how the writer handles the conflict stylistically. When you begin a story with a death itself . . . that’s it. Weeks ago, when doing some research, I ran into this article on Writer’s Digest, which makes a few articulate statements on what I’m talking about today. The blackened mask had two slits for the eyes and a triangular hole where the nose would fit. This example shows us the entire “cat.”
Compare that example to this one: “I didn’t know you’d gone to acting school,” she said. Save. Active Voice Versus Passive Voice. Today's topic is active voice versus passive voice.
Here's a question from Brian in Iowa. He writes, “It drives me crazy when people write in passive voice. How can I teach people how to tell the difference between passive and active voice and to stay away from passive voice?” Well, Brian is right, the first step is to help people understand the difference between active and passive voice, because many people believe they should avoid the passive voice, but fewer people can define it or recognize it. 7 Tools For Pacing A Novel. Pacing is a crucial component of fiction writing.
After all, it’s important to keep your readers “hooked” throughout your story. Whether you are just getting started in writing or looking to break into fiction writing, you’ll need to know the basics of how to pace a novel. Read today’s tip of the day from Crafting Novels & Short Stories. In this excerpt written by Jessica Page Morrell, she explains what pacing is and seven ways to keep your story moving at the right pace. What is Pacing in Fiction? Pacing is a tool that controls the speed and rhythm at which a story is told, and the readers are pulled through the events. Pacing differs with the specific needs of a story. Pacing is part structural choices and part word choices and uses a variety of devices to control how fast the story unfolds.
Seven Literary Devices for Pacing Your Story You need speed in the opening, middle, and climax of your story. There are lots of tools to hasten your story. Where Should a Second Chapter Start? On October 12th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill and last modified on October 12, 2010 We’ve all read advice about the first chapter—how and where to begin a story; what makes for strong openings, depending on the genre; what not to include in the first paragraph or page of chapter one; what to include in a novel’s opening.
We understand that a good opening chapter sets the tone and introduces lead characters and gets the plot rolling. We know almost as much about the final chapter, the final paragraph, and the final words. Active Voice Versus Passive Voice. And the Pace is On: Understanding and Controlling Your Pacing. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy My husband isn't a YA reader (though I'm trying to change that) and when he read my book for the first time, one of his comments was: "Wow, you do stuff in three pages that would take an adult book three chapters.
" An exaggeration, but there's truth in there. YA is usually faster paced that adult work, because kids won't put up with something that drags. Move Along: Fixing Pacing Problems. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Pacing problems fall into two categories: too slow or too fast.
While this makes it easy to diagnose the trouble, it takes a bit more to solve the actual problem. Using Ebooks to Understand Story Structure. When we’re on the writing learning curve, we have to learn so many aspects of the craft that we can become overwhelmed.
5 Important Ways to Use Symbolism in Your Story - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™ So many elements go into a truly good book.