All the stress and conflict you put into your stories to make them exciting and heartwarming only work if you actually evoke those emotions in your reader. Here are some key pieces of advice on how to make all that work.
Conflict and suspense are the key elements that no story can exist without. KM Weiland shares one way to create both at the same time.
Writing short stories is a great way to build and flex your writing muscles. The short format also allows for experimentation in ways that longer forms do not.
First drafts are notoriously messy things. That’s really okay but let’s look a little closer at some things about it that are okay, and one thing that is not.
Ah yes, purple prose … Just what the heck is that, anyway?
Backstory is one of those things that you really have to be careful with. You are in love with your characters and want your readers to love them just as much, But, how much is too much—or—too little?
Avoiding the problems with a formulaic story structure depends on how well you understand story structure and how creatively you deal with your story within that structure.
Did you ever wonder about your stories structure? A good way to learn about story structure is to analyze other stories for their structure. The great news is that someone is doing that for you. Her name is K.M. Weiland and she has a whole database of story structure on her website for you to browse through. Here is a link to one. Once there, you can see all the others. Enjoy!
New in Town – Story Structure Analysis.