Resource Library - Ink and Quills. Finding Your Way Into Your Story - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® I recently avoided a workshop assignment that should have been completed in no more than an hour because I couldn’t find a way into my story.
This workshop generates significant, raw material for me. New characters and compelling stories emerge; sentences flow, and everyone contributes imaginative, heart-stuttering stories. It’s a word-feast, and I was strolling along eating it all up, licking my fingers—when it vanished, and I found myself with word-sticky fingers, staring at a blank page. Nail That First Line! Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right (click on the photo to check out this amazing book) I just taught a class on Beginning Pages recently, so I’ve been thinking a lot about first lines.
Stephen King had something to say about the magnitude of a novel’s first line: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story,” he said. “It should say: Listen. Come in here. Preach it, Steve. I’m not saying a killer first line will land you an agent, get your book sold, or make it a NYT bestseller.
Fiction. Mysticism, etc. Dianemarycowan3. Native americans. WordCraft. Official Website of Jami Gold, Paranormal Author. Home - Fiction Writer's Mentor. Ariana. Fiction University Posts. Holly Lisle Site. Jacqui Murray.
Start Writing Club. The Writing Practice. Winter Bayne Posts. WritebyNight. Ideas and Inspiration - how to articles from wikiHow. Helping Writers Become Authors - Write your best story. Change your life. Astound the world. Writing Craft. How to Weave Story Elements and Avoid Info Dumps. Our stories consist of many elements: dialogue, action, setting, description, internal thought, emotion, visceral reaction, worldbuilding, backstory, etc.
Each of those contributes to our story, and none of them are “evil.” Not even backstory. *smile* Our stories are stronger for including all of the elements. Yet given my mention of backstory, it’s probably obvious that we can overdo those elements as well. Information dumps can happen with any aspect of our story. Too much dialogue in a row can lead to “talking head syndrome,” where readers lose track of the environment around the characters. On the other hand, if we don’t include any backstory, our characters might lack context for their motivations. In the same way, our stories need the other elements too. No matter what story elements we’re talking about, we need to include them without crossing over into Info Dump Land by using too much. Why Is It Important to Avoid Info Dumps? How Can We Share Info and Keep Up the Pace?
New Tools, New Articles, and a Rock The Vault Update - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™ Hi everyone, We’re at the midpoint of our launch festivities and enough #myfavoritethesaurus pictures have been shared to unlock some more prizes.
Have a look at what’s been added! Have you entered yet? There’s still a ways to go, however, so please, keep showing off your #myfavoritethesaurus pictures online. We’ve seen some real beauties, and I’ll post a few here. Allianne1965 @ instagram Becca and I are in the Setting mindset, as you can well imagine, and it has been a crazy two weeks of posting about the setting, sharing new tools to help with setting, and of course, celebrating the setting. So here are some links you may or may not know about.
Beth Overmyer @ twitter First of all, we’ve uploaded 4 new tools to the Tools For Writers Page. We have a Emotional Value Tool, a Setting Planner Tool, a Setting Checklist (you want this, trust me), and a Setting Exercise sheet. Just scoot over to our tools page–they are all listed at the top, so very easy to find. Knyghtshadeart @ instagram. Writer’s Toolbox. A writer needs a toolbox as much as any other occupation.
When building a house, for example, the right tool speeds up the progress and can shave time off your goal. Listed below are my top picks for a writer’s toolbox. Feel free to bookmark this page and come back as needed. Instead of fishing through the internet on your own, it’s all compiled here for you. The list ranges from free research websites to handy services.