Writing Scene-by-Scene

Whether you’re writing a novel, novella, or short story, you write in scenes.  If you’re writing a super short story which often one scene long, this concept still applies. Common scenes: An opening scene, a conclusion scene, a flashback scene, a fight … Continue reading

Writing with Structure

Imitating excellent art isn’t complicated it you know what to look for–and it’s not plagiarism if you are using your own unique content. Have you ever ready a brilliant essay or a short story that really packed a punch and wondered how … Continue reading

Timed Writing and Why You Need It

Writing under a time crunch is one of the best ways to kick procrastination in the pants.  All you need is a timing device.  A clock on the wall will work, but it’s even better if it’s a countdown timer.  … Continue reading

The Synopsis: A Powerful Tool

A synopsis distills the key messages, themes, and direction of a story.  Have you ever tried to condense the plot of a novel into one page?  How about one or two sentences?  It’s hard.  Really hard.  The first time I … Continue reading

Six Elements of a Scene in Action

Be impeccable in your word.  This is the first of The Four Agreements.  In the context of the book’s philosphy this is a determined truthfulness and also a dedicated integrity.  If you say you will do something, it is tantamount that you … Continue reading