To make a big splash in today’s literary world, genre mixing is essential to a writer. Like a chemist, contrarian writers must mix many story elements to produce a powerful and fresh literary work. Premise and POV (point of view) must be chosen first, but then another critical choice awaits the writer.
Writer's Fun Zone by Beth Barany
Even though they want to be writing, many writers have a hard time coming up with ideas. Then they’re not writing and get upset about that, and don’t even start. A bit of a vicious circle and a painful one too.
The summer is almost here which for some means sun and fun, and for others it means possible blocks of time to get some real writing done. What is “real writing”? Real writing is working on a project that’s meaningful, to you and that you expect (or would hope) is meaningful to others. It’s writing with a purpose and direction, with the aim of completion and of course, with the intent of sharing it.
Let’s welcome back monthly columnist Chloe Adler as she shares with us “Launching as a First Time / Debut Author.” Enjoy!
Today we welcome a new guest writer to Writer’s Fun Zone, Hiten Vyas, who is stopping by to chat with us about “7 Top Providers of Writing Classes in San Francisco.” Enjoy!
Setting is a crucial part of any story. A while ago, I said it could be handled essentially as a character—for example, by using it to focus on the senses and build emotion. But you can also make your story placement meaningful, not just convenient. You want your setting to be more than a backdrop for events.
“Can I add suspense to my story?” a writer asked. “Yes,” is my short answer. Here’s one good resource for how: “6 Secrets to Creating and Sustaining Suspense” by Steven James. http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/6-secrets-to-creating-and-sustaining-suspense We’ll be...