How to Write the Short Story

Author James Scott Bell posted on his blog “How To Write A short Story http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-write-short-story.html. In the post he explains what constitutes a short story, breaks down how to write one and gives plenty of examples. This is also a timely article as the short story is making a comeback, especially with the resurgence of digital publishing.

Until next time,

SB

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How to Plot a Novel

As a newbie in the world of writing, I am interested in ways established authors develop their story from idea to the completed project. So it was with a good deal of interest that I found and read Pretentious Title blog. The author of the blog, Rachel Aaron, has published several YA fantasy fiction books and also a book entitled “2,000 to 10, 000 How to Write Faster, Write Better, and More of What You Love.”

In addition to her recent post to her blog, you will notice a left column, it is entitled Rachel’s Greatest Hits (about half way down the page). It is there you will find many of the ideas that go into how she writes, the way she organizes herself and many more. I especially enjoyed the post, and more to the point of this post, “How I Plot A Novel in 5 Steps.”

So if your asking yourself how do I get going in organizing my writing, here is a pretty good example.

Until Next Time,

SB

Plot

As a newbie author I have read a lot of articles about how a story’s plot is the driving force of any story. What I wanted to know though is how do you write a plot for a story. So I do what I normally do when I want to find something out, I searched the internet. I found a couple of interesting sites that broke down the process of plotting. I always caution those who search and use the internet for information, because there is a lot of garbage out there, but what I looked at over the weekend, was both informative and helpful.

The first site, http://www.wikihow.com/Plot-a-Story list 8 steps to developing a story plot. I am sure these are simplified, but as a newbie it gave me a place to start from.

The next site called the method, “snowflake method.” It was developed by a physics professor turned novelist, http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/art/snowflake.php

And finally after your characters and conflict have been developed, using a method called “Freytag’s Pyramid” is helpful in terms of structuring your story,  http://www.slideshare.net/mrmadden/freytags-pyramid.

So how do you go about writing your story’s plot? What method or tools do you use?

Until next time.

SB