Hi, SEers! Happy first day of Spring! You’re with Mae today. For my next few posts, I’d like to talk about dual timeline novels. I’m sure most of you are familiar with them. Some of you, have likely even written a dual timeline book. Story Empire's own Joan Hall wrote a post about using timelines, … Continue reading A Glimpse at Dual Timeline Novels
Story Verbing Part 1
Greetings, Story Empire mavens! Today’s post starts a two-parter on the nuances of choosing effective verbs to enhance description. Sure, it sounds simple, but you might be impressed with the possibilities. Per my pattern, this post starts with the basics so Part 2 next month will let us explore, play, experiment, brainstorm, innovate—pick some cool … Continue reading Story Verbing Part 1
The Forced Inspiration of Daily Word Counts!
Greetings, SE’ers! Beem Weeks here with you again. Today, I’m discussing daily word counts and forced inspiration. I’ve seen it on many blogs, in Facebook groups, and in tweets across the internet: Authors boasting of daily word counts. “I force myself to write at least a thousand words per day,” one claims. Another swears by … Continue reading The Forced Inspiration of Daily Word Counts!
Elements of Setting: Atmosphere
Ciao, SEers! Today, we're moving on in the setting series. We've already discussed time and locale. Today, we're going to discuss what's probably my favorite element: atmosphere. Another way to think of it is "mood." What can you include in your story that will impact the emotions the character feels? (And, consequently, what the reader … Continue reading Elements of Setting: Atmosphere
Narrative Choice, Part 2
by Stephen Geez In “Narrative Choice Part 1” I started with the basics in narrative choice—voice, tense, and identity. For Part 2 we’ll flex more of the kinds of choices we need to make for our narrators. We fiction-spinners focus a lot on knowing our characters, but too often we default to basic narrators. You … Continue reading Narrative Choice, Part 2
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