Lessons to Practice #6: Opening Lines

You've thought of your story idea, devised your main character and your supporting cast, created a basic outline, and maybe even written down your story's central themes. Yet all of that work, as rewarding and powerful as it is, still feels like you're holding your breath. When does the exhale finally happen? When you dive … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #6: Opening Lines

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

Lessons to Practice #1: Writing Consistently and with Purpose

Good evening folks! How is everyone doing? Tonight I would like to start a new blogging series called "Lessons to Practice." In each Tuesday night post of this series, I will summarize what I'm learning as I spend 2017 editing, rewriting, and refining my works. Each "Lessons to Practice" installment will also include a brief summary of … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #1: Writing Consistently and with Purpose