The Six Elements of Fiction

Writing is born through instinct and practice. If you want the stories you write to be effective and structured in a consistent manner, it couldn’t hurt to review the basics. Obviously, grammar and spelling are important, but today, I’m referring to the basic elements of fiction: style, theme, character, point of view, plot, and setting.

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Skin Deep: Five Prompts To Get To Know Your Characters Better

#NaNoWriMo2017 is 27 days away. I’ve been informed by nano vets that plot and world-building should be top priority. Each tidbit of advice was eclipsed with a warning: Know thy characters.

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Rejection Letter #6

It’s a strange experience when I speak to non-writers about receiving rejection letters. To the outside world, hearing nothing at all is the greatest of news. Inside a writer’s world, it’s silent code for “no, we are not interested in your work.” Which, if I’m being honest, stings a little. No one likes being ignored […]

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42 Days Until NaNoWriMo 2017

If I could sum up 2017 in a single word, it would be intense.¬†Arduous would be appropriate, too. In April, I moved to Seattle, Washington. Through May and June, I queried my novel, hunted for apartments, and enrolled in college. June through August heralded earning work as a freelance writer, attending summer classes, acclimating to […]

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WRITE LIKE A HUMAN

The first poems I ever wrote were pitiful creatures.

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