Narrative: The 4 POVs

Narrative is the way you tell your story. What point of view do you offer your reading audience? How much are you willing to reveal and how much of their understanding do want to remain a mystery? Whichever one you choose, writing narratives from a different point of view enhances your creative writing skills. First…

Establishing a Writing Habit

How can you successfully establish a writing habit? You want to have one, but you don't know where to start. If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, then every story told begins with a single word. We all have to start somewhere. When I think about a writing habit, I think…

Musings From a Creative Writer

Creative writing is the imaginative musings of a writer. The writer incorporates the senses to show the reader a story. It's a flowery embellishment of sorts, describing a park you've created from your imagination. It's the sensation a character feels from the sun on their skin in the middle of the day. In school, your…

Character Development

Emotionally attached to fictional characters Character development can be challenging. You have a character. You've given them a name and some physical details, but you want your audience to connect with them on a deeper level. When I'm reading a story, my connection with them grows when I get a glimpse inside their head. Make…

Writing Prompts

Every creative writer benefits from writing prompts. My initial thought meant writing prompts have to be fresh and original. Nice thought but not a requirement. Retell a Story There are plenty of stories that could use a revamp. How many times has Pride and Prejudice been retold through film adaptations. I read a science fiction…

Writing Therapy

Writing therapy for you can do about the same thing as talking to someone about a problem you are facing. Have you felt better after talking to someone about a challenge or issue? How did you feel afterward? You probably felt like a huge burden lift off your shoulders. The things that were bothering you…

Proofreading

Remember when we shuffled our desks in groups of three or four during elementary school? We used the red pencil to apply our newly acquired proofreading skills to our classmate's paper. We marked their paper with symbols for missing capitalization, commas, paragraphs, and misspelled words. I hated seeing those red marks on my paper. Through…

Writer’s Block

Writer's block is not the problem. The problem is not writing. Wikipedia has listed the term writer's block as a condition. It occurs when a writer has a creative slow down or can't think of any new material. When I first started writing, I believed it. But guess what? Writer's block doesn't exist. I think it's an…

I Am…

I once made a list of all the I ams I was and all the I ams that I want to be. It was a two-column list in smallish writing. I've lost the list, but I remember writing, "I am a sheep owner." Let me explain. I am a knitter. I started out with that…