Lessons to Practice #8: The Compelling Protagonist

Before I begin, I'd like to apologize for not doing my usual Thursday night writing posts. I have been without internet at my town home for the past two weeks, which has made writing a bit more challenging. Luckily we should have our services up and running by tomorrow afternoon, so you can expect my … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #8: The Compelling Protagonist

Lessons to Practice #7: The Essence of Setting

Tonight I have setting on my mind. Not just its importance or its definition, but its essence. What makes a setting? Is it a specific physical location? A staging ground for the characters to interact and develop? Or the ways in which a particular place triggers our five senses and evokes our emotional response? For me, … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #7: The Essence of Setting

Lessons to Practice #5: Mapping Out Subplots

Subplots. Themes. The amalgam of every side story and secondary character can become a beautiful and multilayered work of art that carries readers through a story with ease - or it can devolve into a nasty mess of confusing or ill-developed themes and forgettable characters. Yikes! Last week I wrote about the topic of theme, which I'm expounding … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #5: Mapping Out Subplots