I read an example of a good sequel and a bad sequel. Might be able to learn something here if you want to write a good sequel. In the bad sequel, the sequel was nothing but filler. The beginning, good. The last two chapters, shocking. The middle twenty chapters were just a lot of filler … Continue reading Good Sequel, Bad Sequel: What can writers learn?
How does a writer come up with a story? This is a question non-writers ask me sometimes. How does it even happen? I think similar things about digital illustrators or cake chefs or sculptors. How do you even come up with the thing, right? How does it go from nothing to novel? As a writer, … Continue reading From Nothing to Novel: How a story is born
Writing fiction can be an enjoyable delight, like a sunset blushing the sky. But it can also come with a prickly shadow, or have clouds rolling in, threatening a storm. Apart from all the technical worries like chapter length or character names, there's also these monsters that will climb out of the darkness, threatening you to give up:
In movies, scene jumps can be sudden, but this doesn't always work for fiction writing. So, what do you do? Here are six different ways.
I've found writing advice on how to start a story to be very...general.
And, it's not because they are lazy or they just want to look legit. There is a very good reason they are being general (which not many of them actually address).
That is, there is no true method for you to write your story.
The only thing some experienced writer can do to give advice on how to start a new story is say how they start a new story.
I recently started a new story. So let me give me as an example on two ways you can start a new story.