Posts tagged "Craft"
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 7

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 7

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. To read Part 6 click here. M.K. Martin: Editing – For some writers editing can range from daunting to boring. What can writers learn from self-editing that paying a professional ... Continue Reading »
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 6

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 6

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. To read Part 5 click here. M.K. Martin: Many writers are very resistant to plotting, planning, etc. preferring to fling themselves into the stream of inspiration and hope for the ... Continue Reading »
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 5

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 5

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. To read Part 4 click here.   M.K. Martin: Often stories, especially short stories, are rejected because they fall apart at the climax or shortly thereafter (For more on this, ... Continue Reading »
Free Library Workshop Series with John Reed!

Free Library Workshop Series with John Reed!

Thriller writer and master teacher John Reed will lead a three-month series of writing workshops at Springfield Library! FEBRUARY – Let’s Make a Scene We’ll cover the basics of creating a memorable scene for your novel or short story. You’ll learn the “Eleven Essential Elements of a Scene,” the “Formula for a Winning Scene,” and ... Continue Reading »
Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 3

Q&A with Eric Witchey: Part 3

This is a part of a seven part Q&A with Eric Witchey, interviewed by M.K. Martin. To see the introduction to this craft talk series click here. To read Part 2 click here. M.K. Martin: What is your favorite scene that you wrote and why? Eric Witchey: Wow… I have no idea. Of the many thousands ... Continue Reading »
Free Library Workshop with Eric Witchey!

Free Library Workshop with Eric Witchey!

Make ’em Laugh; Make ’em Cry: Emotion-driven Fiction Whether long or short, every good story’s success hinges on its ability to evoke emotion in the reader. Of course, if the reader is to feel because of the story, the characters in the story must demonstrate their emotions. Award winning author and celebrated teacher Eric Witchey ... Continue Reading »
Wordcrafters Day 12 - A "Sense" of Urgency

Wordcrafters Day 12 – A “Sense” of Urgency

For the twelfth day of Wordcraftmas, WITS Coordinator and Eugene Poetry Slam maven, Jorah LaFleur shares on using the five senses in your writing with short timed activities. We hope it inspires you! About Jorah LaFleur: Jorah is a writer/performer who performs on stage as a spoken word poet, actor, emcee, ceremonial officiant, and workshop facilitator. She has been ... Continue Reading »
Wordcrafters Day 11 - Double Trouble: Put Your Setting to Work

Wordcrafters Day 11 – Double Trouble: Put Your Setting to Work

You’ve got strong characters having knock-down, drag-out arguments in exotic locals, while a pack of lions lurks just outside of camp, yet it feels like your scenes are a little…one-dimensional. An instant fix is to have more than one kind of conflict going on at a time. Have characters arguing during the exciting car chase; ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 10 - Writing Voodoo: Themes, Symbols and Metaphors

Wordcraftmas Day 10 – Writing Voodoo: Themes, Symbols and Metaphors

When we craft stories, essays or memoir, the “deeper” elements are the last thing on our minds. At least they should be. Concentrate on getting the story down, however rough around the edges. My opinion is that if you write the story deeply and honestly, the metaphors, themes, symbols (all that Voodoo subtext stuff!) will ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 9 - A Bubble off Plumb

Wordcraftmas Day 9 – A Bubble off Plumb

All right, intrepid writerati – riddle me this: How come stage actors and TV/movie people always have to put makeup on, even when they’re not supposed to look like anybody but themselves? Exhibit A: Carson Daly, borrowed from this article If you said “well, because those stage lights make them look extra washed-out and plain, ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 8 - Listen To Your Story

Wordcraftmas Day 8 – Listen To Your Story

  Last year I wrote a 70,000 word novel that I fell in love with. I loved the high concept, the world, and most of all, the characters. When I wrote the last sentence mid-December, I felt triumphant. Armed with feedback from trusted critique partners, I knew what I had to do to make my ... Continue Reading »
Wordcraftmas Day 6 - Rounding Out Characters Through Social Status

Wordcraftmas Day 6 – Rounding Out Characters Through Social Status

Flatman and Ribbon may work well as characters in a kid’s joke (think superheroes, steamroller…), but reader-grabbing prose calls for multi-dimensional characters. One often overlooked way to develop more interesting characters is by showing how social status affects feelings, thoughts, and behavior. In real life, an individual’s status is fluid, shifting according to specific relationships. ... Continue Reading »