Sunday, December 19, 2010
Learn what makes surprise effective in fiction in this creative writing tutorial, part 2 of 2.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
The element of surprise is one of the most important parts of good fiction writing and is is rarely given the attention it deserves. This tutorial and it's follow-up tell you how to focus on surprise events in your story and make them more, surprising.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
This tutorial offers techniques for writing suspense for fiction, creative writing.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
A title is the fist thing people are going to see of your story. Here are some things to consider when writing a title.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Never before have all the best ways to write better fiction been disclosed in one video. Amazing!
Friday, November 5, 2010
As your looking over something you've written, one of the best questions you can ask yourself, "Have I already said this?"
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Editing a story? Here is a technique that will help you make effective rewrite decisions.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
This tutorial discuses popular plot types and how thinking about the kind of plot you are writing can enhance your creative writing.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Learn creative writing: the storyboard method.
Friday, October 22, 2010
This is an intro to Springboard, a great program for storyboarding without all the resource hogging other storyboard programs like to do. It runs on a netbook. I use it to storyboard all the time.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
No one like criticism but critiques about a story you are working on is invaluable. Listen to feedback and make the needed changes and it will make your story better. Not a fun process to start but as you rework you story it becomes very satisfying.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
The premise is a great tool for writers but know when to use it.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Dialog should be written to exist in time not on the page. This video tutorial is about making your dialog come across more smoothly and about how to make your dialog more digestible.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
The exercise should not take more than a couple of hours. It is designed to put you in that creative place from witch all great stories come.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
The mood your a character brings to the scene is like a miniature force of nature.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
This free online timeline site is a great place to make a timeline of your story to help work out event sequences and also provides you with a way to "see" your story much better. I highly recommend it! It made my writing better and helps me make decisions.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Try this simple writing technique out, it may work for you. Create a plot starting with the end of the story and work your way to the beginning.
It's not the point to rid divisiveness from your writing but to hide it away like electric wiring in a house.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
A surprise event in the story is effective if it is also a logical outcome of previous events.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Another way for art to imitate life. Base the timing of character introduction on the way we get to know real people we interact with in the real world (as opposed to the imaginary ones. :))
Learn to compose an underlying mood to boost your story's impact.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
This video has a lot of info about how to use use the drafting process. There is much more to it than improving your story. One draft my be focused on the emotional well being of one of your character, as an example. You can use the drafting process to take control.
Is your story character driven or circumstance driven? Why it a good idea to have your story at least partially character driven.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
It's best to have different writing strategies for different stages of your story's completion. It's better to delay thinking of your writing as a finished work until you have completed many drafts. Good writing is the act of making changes in passing. This video introduces some the the beginning stage strategies.