Releasing the Creative Writer in You – Lesson 9

  For other lessons, click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar and scroll through to find the lessons you need. LESSON 9: INTRODUCTIONS – FIRST LINES, FIRST PARAGRAPHS, FIRST PAGES   Without a doubt, the first and primary job of your introduction to your story is to GRAB the reader’s attention and interestContinue reading “Releasing the Creative Writer in You – Lesson 9”

Releasing the Creative Writer in You – Lesson 8

To access other lessons in this series, click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar and scroll through to find the lessons you need. LESSON 8: EDITING – MAKING SURE WE’VE SAID IT IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE. (What do we look for?  How do we fix it?) 1. GENERAL MANUSCRIPT FORM –  ForContinue reading “Releasing the Creative Writer in You – Lesson 8”

‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ – Lesson 7

I’ll be posting my creative writing lessons only once a month now, on the first Saturday. Can you believe this is already the first day of April?  (NO FOOLIN’). To access other lessons in this series, click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar and scroll through to find the lessons you need. LESSON 7:Continue reading “‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ – Lesson 7”

‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ – Lesson 6

To access other lessons in this series, click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar and scroll through to find the lessons you need. LESSON # 6: BODY MOVEMENT AND DIALOGUE MAKE A STORY COME ALIVE As you develop your plot, remember to use as much dialogue and body movement as possible to helpContinue reading “‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ – Lesson 6”

‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ Lesson 5

To access previous lessons in this series, simply click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar, and scroll through to find the lessons you need. LESSON # 5: DEVELOPING CHARACTERS Plot-Driven Stories vs. Character-Driven Stories (Plot, remember is basically the action – problem/conflict, attempts to resolve problem, climax, resolution) Plot-Driven stories focus on theContinue reading “‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ Lesson 5”

‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You: Lesson 4

To access other lessons in this series, simply click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar, and scroll through to find the lessons you need. LESSON # 4: PLOTTING YOUR STORY   First, let’s look again at the main parts of the plot of a story: Most authors and writing teachers agree that allContinue reading “‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You: Lesson 4”

‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ – Lesson 3

To access other lessons in this series, click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar and scroll through to find the lessons you need. LESSON # 3: WRITING FICTION Fiction covers a wide range of genres, including short stories, novels, novellas, novelettes, scripts, screenplays, and children’s literature. Having a knack for writing well inContinue reading “‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ – Lesson 3”

‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ – Lesson 2

To access other lessons in this series, click on “Creative Writing Class” in the navigation bar and scroll through to find the lessons you need.   LESSON # 2: IN THE BEGINNING Introductory Thoughts, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, And Fun Ideas to Get You Started ` QUESTION: Where Do Good Writing Ideas Come From?Continue reading “‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’ – Lesson 2”

‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’-Lesson 1

Welcome to the first of a series of lessons excerpted from my writing curriculum Releasing the Creative Writer in You.*  As I mentioned in the post last week introducing this series, I’m beginning with a couple articles I have posted previously — about three years ago. But they provide the best introduction to this series,Continue reading “‘Releasing the Creative Writer in You’-Lesson 1”