Essays on Writing
Story: what to do
What defines a literary story? What should an author strive for?
Starting ideas to help the imagination form richly presented characters that contribute to plot and story momentum.
Narration of any story is a complex process that involves POV, voice, respect for a narrator, and authorial skill. And there are few resources for learning. This essay presents principles and guidelines for the narration of effective literary stories.
Drama is conflict and action, elements best presented in scene. The writer of a literary fictional story is often trained in the craft of beautiful prose for telling a story, a skill that may work against reader involvement in a dramatic presentation of the material. This essay considers the role of drama in fiction.
Desire and motivation provide the quality, power, and credibility of why characters do what they do. This essay provides ideas and examples for writers aspiring to improve characterization and plot by expanding ideas about desire and motivation.
Thoughts about how authors must make credible decisions about how to build characterization and advance plot.
Great dialogue in literary fiction serves multiple functions but never detracts from story progress or purpose.
Characterization in literary fiction should be created for effectiveness, not just described.
Philosophy: write for the right reasons
Writing for wealth and fame are not motives that create great stories. Here are ideas on how to adjust your thinking for writing your best work (that might just bring you wealth and fame).
Authors often tend to try to improve their stories with poor choices. What happens?
Best stories form, are prioritized, and revised before the first. And there are skills to be honed. How is it accomplished?
Some writers will never write the great literary story. What is it that holds them back from their potential?
Craft: do it well
Ways to create movement and action-key elements in great fictional stories.
At times, stories can be improved by evaluating story information provided for the reader. What to do?
Expert use of 1st person can help make a story great. And it is more than using a pronoun.
Top story/Bottom story can help authors structure their writing to write the best literary stories.
A literary fictional story is: a magical perception–an engaging illusion–that is an unbroken continuum.
To create great literary stories, prose fiction must be vibrant and interesting, and never trivial. Every writer has a better chance for excellence with the accomplished use of the right elements of humor; how, then, do humor elements work in fiction?
In some ways, emotional complexity, beautifully rendered, clearly defines literary fiction from genre fiction.
Conflict in Literary Fiction.
What Exactly Is a Character-Based Plot?
Writing in Scene: A Staple for Reader Engagement in Fiction