Ciao, SEers. Back in 2018, I wrote a post about story beginnings: tone, character introduction, even famous first lines. Today, I want to take that a step further and talk about some do's and don'ts that will help you elevate your beginnings from good to great. Do's Set up stakes earlyUse a hooks to reel … Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts of Story Beginnings
A dozen go-to sources for starting or brainstorming story ideas.
Ciao, SEers. It's my turn for the Friday Writing Question, and I think I have an interesting one for you. It's interesting to me, anyway, since I agonize over my novel openings. Hooks. More specifically, do you think they need to be the very first sentence? First paragraph? First page? Is the end of the … Continue reading Friday Writing Question: Hooks
Ciao, SEers. I've got three posts left this year, so I thought it would be a good idea to write a post trilogy. What story terms break into threes better than beginnings, middles, and endings? None I could think of. So today, we're discussing beginnings. You see an eye-catching cover and click on the link … Continue reading Beginnings
Hi, Gang. Craig here again, and I'm back on the topic of starting a story. I also want to weave in the importance of a good notebook. For reference purposes, here are the links to the previous posts. New Story and Media Res. I get ideas all the time. Most of them are pretty worthless. … Continue reading Starting a story III