Story Stuff: U Is For Underwear

What the frick does underwear have to do with writing a story? you may be asking. On S day we talked about stereotypes. Today’s post in our series is a strategy for avoiding accidental stereotypes: knowing thy characters. Inside and out. What their jobs, hobbies, favorite foods, preferred music, and maybe kinky tendencies are. Because the…

Story Stuff: T Is For Tenses

Today’s post in our series came up in the comments on POV day, because the two often go hand-in-hand. While POV determines through which character’s (or narrator’s) eyes we’re seeing the story, tense determines when the story is happening. Kind of. There are three basic tenses: past, present, and future. Stories are told in past and…

Flash Fiction: The Cadaver’s Surprise

This week’s prompt over at Carrot Ranch is an odd one: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a navel story. It can include a belly-button, feature an omphalos (geological or cultural), or extend to navel-gazing (used in meditation or to describe excessive self-contemplation). For my story, I’m stretching the definition of “fiction” a bit:…

Story Stuff: S Is For Stereotypes

Holy title alliteration, Batman! Still, stereotyping stuff strips stories of satisfying substance. And now I’ve accidentally summarized the post in an alliterated sentence. I guess you can all go home. Kidding. Sit down. Stereotypes are overgeneralized ideas, and they are serious enough that if you google “narrative stereotypes” you get academic articles in the top…

Story Stuff: R Is For Romance

This isn’t just about romance books, so don’t leave, other genre writers! Everyone back? Good. We are talking romance in our series today, but not about the romance category in the bookstore. We’re talking about writing romance in general, because most stories have a romantic subplot, at least. I’m generally not a fan of the…

Story Stuff: Q Is For Questions

How many different Q posts there will be in the A-Z challenge? There are fewer available words – I’m not sure how many bloggers will pick up on quarters, quizzes, and queens – or in the case of writing, maybe a quest. Perhaps our queen quickly quests into a quagmire. Damn. There are more possibilities than…

Story Stuff: P Is For Point Of View

Ah, yes. We’ve reached one of my very favorite writing topics in our series. *cracks knuckles and wiggles fingers* I love point of view (POV from here on) so much I’ve written about it here and here and here and probably to a lesser extent in other posts. What can I say? POV gets me fired…