|Writing.Com Newsletters Edited by Jay (away for a while) .|
|#10232:||Short Stories||June 17, 2020|
|Shaping Character in Words|
|#10189:||Short Stories||May 20, 2020|
|Character Mistakes & Motivations|
|#10138:||Short Stories||April 22, 2020|
|Creativity in Chaos|
|#10091:||Short Stories||March 25, 2020|
|Sheltering in Place|
|#9996:||Short Stories||February 26, 2020|
|Identifying Growth Opportunities|
|#9942:||Short Stories||January 01, 2020|
|New Year, New Habits?|
|#9900:||Short Stories||December 04, 2019|
|When There is Nothing in the Tank|
Working your way out of a writing slump is not an impossible task! Here are some thoughts on what to do.
|#9851:||Short Stories||November 06, 2019|
|Writing Your Way In|
|#9805:||Short Stories||October 09, 2019|
|#9754:||Short Stories||September 11, 2019|
|#9611:||Short Stories||June 19, 2019|
|Experiencing a Story Different Ways|
|#9512:||Short Stories||April 24, 2019|
A technique in the art world that I'm working with in fiction--studying others' works and trying to figure them out.
|#9461:||Short Stories||March 27, 2019|
|Working with Prompts|
Do you have trouble working with story prompts for contests and anthology calls? Here are some ideas.
|#9407:||Short Stories||February 27, 2019|
|Thinking About Character Motivation|
|#9360:||Short Stories||January 30, 2019|
|The Three-Stage Rocket|
|#9310:||Short Stories||January 02, 2019|
|Fanfiction: Inspiration and Practice!|
Fanfiction is complicated, but here's an argument in favor of fanfiction to practice storytelling and inspire yourself!
|#9264:||Short Stories||December 05, 2018|
|Room to Grow|
|#9213:||Short Stories||November 07, 2018|
|Developmental or Line Edits?|
When you sell a short story, what happens next? EDITING! Here are some common types of edits you may encounter.
|#9168:||Short Stories||October 10, 2018|
|#9055:||Short Stories||August 15, 2018|
|Elements of Story Structure in Brief|
|#9007:||Short Stories||July 18, 2018|
|Ah, Details, Details|
|#8967:||Short Stories||June 20, 2018|
|Challenges with Creativity|
it can be hard to always be on your "A" game as a writer--here are some things I've gone through with creative burnout.
|#8918:||Short Stories||May 23, 2018|
|Cover Letters for Short Story Submission|
|#8870:||Short Stories||April 25, 2018|
|A Day in the Life of an Anthology Editor|
|#8826:||Short Stories||March 28, 2018|
|The Power of Doubt|
Sometimes there is no reasoning with yourself as a writer, and that's only the half of it. What do you do then?
|#8783:||Short Stories||February 28, 2018|
|Finding the Right Story Sparks|
|#8738:||Short Stories||January 31, 2018|
|The Power of Seeing Yourself|
|#8637:||Short Stories||December 06, 2017|
|The "Rules", Part Three|
|#8595:||Short Stories||November 08, 2017|
|The "Rules", Part Two|
No, I don't actually believe in "Rules," relax! This issue: how to identify and minimize passive voice and past tense!
|#8502:||Short Stories||September 13, 2017|
|The "Rules", Part One|
|#8447:||Short Stories||August 16, 2017|
|A Classic Formula|
While it won't work for every story, there are a few quintessential plot formulas that can produce quality results.
|#8352:||Short Stories||June 21, 2017|
|Repurposing Structure and Form|
|#8260:||Short Stories||April 26, 2017|
|Story Components--or Just Details?|
Is that new idea you're working on the full idea of a story, or is it merely a cool premise, setting or detail?
|#8208:||Short Stories||March 29, 2017|
One of the easiest ways to advance your story skills is to make sure your characters need each other.
|#8157:||Short Stories||March 01, 2017|
|Inspiration and Focus|
What inspired you to start writing, anyway? When the river is dry, sometimes you need to run back to the wellspring.
|#8018:||Short Stories||December 07, 2016|
|#7961:||Short Stories||November 09, 2016|
|Description as a Writing Tool|
|#7864:||Short Stories||September 14, 2016|
|#7815:||Short Stories||August 17, 2016|
|Using Details to Build Characterization|
|#7762:||Short Stories||July 20, 2016|
|#7709:||Short Stories||June 22, 2016|
|The Subtle Art of Manipulation|
|#7655:||Short Stories||May 25, 2016|
|What Size is Your Story?|
Here's one method to project the potential size of your story, if you're not sure how to estimate something beforehand!
|#7607:||Short Stories||April 27, 2016|
|#7563:||Short Stories||March 30, 2016|
|Finding Your Community|
On Writing.Com and elsewhere, it can be necessary -- and genuinely helpful -- to find a social niche for your writing.
|#7507:||Short Stories||March 02, 2016|
|Repetition, Repetition, Repetition|
|#7461:||Short Stories||February 03, 2016|
|What's the Deal with Cover Letters?|
Clear and simple ways to tackle something that flummoxes even some practiced fiction writers-- the cover letter!
|#7412:||Short Stories||January 06, 2016|
|Using SMART Goals To Build Your New Year|
Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time-based. But what does that actually MEAN for your writing progress?
|#7363:||Short Stories||December 09, 2015|
|Achievement is Relative|
|#7316:||Short Stories||November 11, 2015|
|A Post-Script on Impostor Syndrome|
|#7267:||Short Stories||October 14, 2015|
|#7244:||Fantasy||September 30, 2015|
|Homages, Riffs, Archetypes and Mary Sues|
In fantasy fiction, character originality can be overrated. Here are some ways tried-and-true can work for you.
|#7217:||Short Stories||September 16, 2015|
Being confident in one's work is among the keys to a writer's success, at any stage in one's career.
|#7168:||Short Stories||August 19, 2015|
|Tones of Inspiration|
|#7110:||Short Stories||July 22, 2015|
|Random Prompts and Generators|
|#7064:||Short Stories||June 24, 2015|
|#7017:||Short Stories||May 27, 2015|
|Context Clues and You|
|#6962:||Short Stories||April 29, 2015|
|Cut Your Clutter!|
Tightening written drafts is all about cutting the clutter! Fish out words that don't amplify your writing.
|#6941:||For Authors||April 22, 2015|
|The Value of Rewriting|
|#6907:||Short Stories||April 01, 2015|
|What's Enough Detail?|
|#6860:||Short Stories||March 04, 2015|
|#6811:||Short Stories||February 04, 2015|
|What's the Point of It?|
Not every story needs to have a deep, long-reaching morality to it, but you do need a reason for your reader to read it.
|#6759:||Short Stories||January 07, 2015|
|#6732:||Fantasy||December 24, 2014|
|#6705:||Short Stories||December 10, 2014|
|In It Alone, Together|
|#6653:||Short Stories||November 12, 2014|
|An Editor's Eye|
|#6633:||Fantasy||October 29, 2014|
|#6602:||Short Stories||October 15, 2014|
|Cut, Snip, Slash, Stitch|
|#6580:||Fantasy||October 01, 2014|
I fought the slaw and the slaw won, or: how to make multiple genres cohesive to strengthen your fantasy fiction. Part 1.
|#6554:||Short Stories||September 17, 2014|
|Top of the Heap|
|#6530:||Drama||September 03, 2014|
|A Picture In Words|
How exact do you need to be with your descriptions and details to evoke an emotional response from your readers?
|#6503:||Short Stories||August 20, 2014|
|If It Might Fit, You Ought to Submit!|
The submissions process can be daunting, even for seasoned writers. The odds of failure are high. Why, then, persist?
|#6444:||Short Stories||July 23, 2014|
|The Circular Nature of History|
|#6399:||Short Stories||June 25, 2014|
While it's a difficult approach for short stories, kishōtenketsu is an alternative view on conflict-driven plot.
|#6343:||Short Stories||May 28, 2014|
(Even the context in which you read this sentence.) Use context and contrast to improve your character construction.
|#6298:||Short Stories||April 30, 2014|
What makes a story worth the reader's time? It's different for every author (and reader) but some patterns emerge.
|#6240:||Short Stories||April 02, 2014|
|The Next Step|
|#6199:||Short Stories||March 05, 2014|
|Meta-Problems in Storytelling|
Is the story you're telling worth the time it takes to tell it? One of the harder parts of self editing...
|#6146:||Short Stories||February 05, 2014|
|The Land of No Story|
Sometimes, it turns out, you've set out to write something that doesn't end up being a full story. What can you do?
|#6092:||Short Stories||January 08, 2014|
|Room for Improvement|
|#6041:||Short Stories||December 11, 2013|
|That "Show, Don't Tell" Thing Again|
It's not what you think it is: some thoughts on a common and easily-misinterpreted piece of writing advice.
|#5993:||Short Stories||November 13, 2013|
|Self Editing Quick Tips|
|#5948:||Short Stories||October 16, 2013|
|What's the Holdup?|
|#5892:||Short Stories||September 18, 2013|
|Check Your Facts!|
Be confident in your writing by knowing what you're talking about, and research your details for best results.
|#5848:||Short Stories||August 21, 2013|
|Under the Microfiction-Scope|
Tiny stories can have a huge impact! Try your hand at microfiction. You may just surprise yourself with the results.
|#5803:||Short Stories||July 24, 2013|
|What Are Your Stakes?|
Simply put, what do your characters have --or want-- that's worth fighting for? There's always something...
|#5750:||Short Stories||June 26, 2013|
|Where DOES the Time Go?|
|#5700:||Short Stories||May 29, 2013|
|Pushing Past the Prompt|
What happens when the contest is over, anyway? You have all this material left over that could be refined...
|#5650:||Short Stories||May 01, 2013|
Being authentic without being grotesque; thoughts on creating lifelike characters with all kinds of problems.
|#5604:||Short Stories||April 03, 2013|
|Learning How to be Critiqued|
There's not really a wrong way, but here are some thoughts on how to maximize what you get from the reviewing process.
|#5550:||Short Stories||March 06, 2013|
|#5505:||Short Stories||February 05, 2013|
Hear me out: sometimes you can outline your story later! Outlining in reverse can help you revise in a new light.
|#5457:||Short Stories||January 08, 2013|
|Taking Stock of the Trunk|
|#5412:||Short Stories||December 11, 2012|
|#5369:||Short Stories||November 13, 2012|
|Down the Middle|
|#5329:||Comedy||October 24, 2012|
|Deliberately Bad Poetry: a Primer|
A darkly comic practice explained for the uninitiated; where the worst ratings mean the funniest poems.
|#5319:||Short Stories||October 17, 2012|
|The Last Word|
|#5265:||Short Stories||September 19, 2012|
|Does Genre Matter?|
Of course it does. (Or does it? Sigh.) Some thoughts on genre and deconstruction, and what it means for short fiction.
|#5226:||Short Stories||August 22, 2012|
|Building Up Details|
|#5176:||Short Stories||July 25, 2012|
|Reviewing as a Writing Exercise|
|#5126:||Short Stories||June 27, 2012|
|Grammar and Dialect|
|#5068:||Short Stories||May 30, 2012|
|Digging Into Character with Questions...|
Meaningful short stories have emotional impact. Use pointed questions to get meaningful answers that spur your stories.
|#5026:||Short Stories||May 02, 2012|
|Experiments in Antagonism|
Compelling villains can be challenging-- here are some thoughts on how to create layered enemies on a (word) budget.
|#4973:||Short Stories||April 04, 2012|
|#4923:||Short Stories||March 07, 2012|
|The Scenic Route|
Using short stories as part of a larger collected body of work; using characters from a larger universe in short works.
|#4868:||Short Stories||February 08, 2012|
|Fiction as Catharsis.|
|#4846:||Fantasy||January 25, 2012|
|But What Will They Wear?|
Do you know your jerkin from your tunic? A quick look at writing about what your speculative fiction characters wear.
|#4821:||Short Stories||January 11, 2012|
|Tying It All Together|
|#4777:||Comedy||December 20, 2011|
|The Family You Got to Choose|
|#4770:||Short Stories||December 13, 2011|
|Inspiration as an Exercise|
Sharing some thoughts I had after reading a book about art and creativity; using artistic reference and ideas.
|#4755:||For Authors||December 06, 2011|
|Standard Manuscript For-What-ting??|
|#4722:||Short Stories||November 15, 2011|
|Showing, Telling, and You|
Some great places to inject description, details, and dialogue to add bulk and content to your stories.
|#4709:||For Authors||November 08, 2011|
Using character for story development... Here are some basics and some ideas to work with on characterization.
|#4676:||Short Stories||October 19, 2011|
|#4658:||For Authors||October 12, 2011|
|Characterization In Action|
|#4625:||Short Stories||September 21, 2011|
|Format and Function|
|#4580:||Short Stories||August 24, 2011|
|Be a Contender|
|#4523:||Short Stories||July 27, 2011|
|Idols and Inspirations|
|#4478:||Short Stories||June 29, 2011|
|#4431:||Short Stories||June 01, 2011|
|Plotting to a Conclusion|
|#4403:||Fantasy||May 18, 2011|
|Time as a Medium|
Finding ways to use the passage of time in your fantasy worlds can help to make your world more real to your readers.
|#4378:||Short Stories||May 04, 2011|
|More Dialogue on Dialogue|
|#4354:||Fantasy||April 20, 2011|
|Absorbing a Little Daily Mysticism...|
|#4330:||Short Stories||April 06, 2011|
|Dialogue as a Story Medium|
|#4303:||Drama||March 23, 2011|
|All in the Details|
|#4282:||Short Stories||March 09, 2011|
Building believable, compelling characters is tricky in a short story. Some tips to make the best use of a small space!
|#4281:||Noticing Newbies||March 09, 2011|
|Getting the Word Out|
It's not enough just to post your items and hope for feedback. Here are some suggestions to get noticed!
|#4230:||Short Stories||February 09, 2011|
|Pieces of Something Greater|
|#4218:||Noticing Newbies||February 02, 2011|
|#4182:||Short Stories||January 12, 2011|
|Resolutions of the "Ending" Kind...|
|#4168:||Noticing Newbies||January 05, 2011|
|More, More, More...|
I know, I know, it's resolution time. This year's goals? More, more, more... reading, rating, reviewing and... writing!
|#4128:||Short Stories||December 14, 2010|
|The Direct Line|
While a short story can have its twists and turns, the ultimate story movement should be straightforward.
|#4116:||Noticing Newbies||December 07, 2010|
|#4080:||Short Stories||November 16, 2010|
|Make Me Care... About Your Character!|
The best stories are character driven, but character alone won't carry a story-- good characters need compelling plots!
|#4069:||Noticing Newbies||November 09, 2010|
|The Other Kind of Ratings|
Content Ratings can be complex, but using them correctly will help you direct traffic in your Portfolio!
|#4032:||Noticing Newbies||October 20, 2010|
|It's All in How You View It...|
The best way to get views and reviews is to put your best foot forward... or, as the case may be, your Portfolio!
|#4031:||Short Stories||October 20, 2010|
|Holding the Line|
Short fiction relies on tension for consistency-- here are a few tips for maintaining the tension in your writing.
|#3981:||Short Stories||September 22, 2010|
|Push Button, Receive Message|
One reason many writers love the short story medium: it's an easy way to communicate an idea and get feedback on it.
|#3970:||Noticing Newbies||September 15, 2010|
|Community Within A Community|
|#1242:||Poetry||August 30, 2006|
|#1184:||Poetry||August 02, 2006|
|#527:||Drama||July 27, 2005|
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