Wednesday, September 29, 2010

First Draft Madness

Fly past writer's block by forgetting all integrity and abandoning yourself to "first draft madness."

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Story Idea

Not exactly the premise, the story idea is usually how a story first comes to us. This tutorial talks about getting more story ideas, and what to do with them.

The Drafting Process

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.


"Less is more," what a great concept. It applies to writing too. People don't like a cluttered story.

Enhancing Creative Ideas

What you can do ahead of time to make sure you are ready when those great ideas fly through your life.

Character Driven Plot pt. 2

Try letting your character determine the course of the story.

Character Driven Plot vs. Circumstance Driven Plot

Is your story character driven or circumstance driven? Why it a good idea to have your story at least partially character driven.

Super-Short Story Exercises

The most important ideas in a story are the essential ones. This exercise will help you practice working with essential story ideas.

Naming Character, Exercises

Choosing Character Names

A name can say things about a character that would take paragraphs to convey and yet depicting a character with their name does not come across as decisive.

Creating Full Characters

16 Personality Factors to use for Developing Full Characters

Story Telling Snags

Learn to look for the bumps in the road that interfere with the course of the story.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Creative Writing, Getting Started

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.