Story Stuff: N Is For Names

Hey, we’re officially halfway through our A-Z series already! I hope you’re still having fun, because I am. Today we’re talking character names. Naming a character seems like it should be easy, but sometimes it takes a lot of Google searching and resulting ads for baby stuff because the interwebs decided that searching for names…

Flash Fiction: Junk

We interrupt our A-Z blogging series to bring you a 99-word flash fiction piece, inspired by the prompt over at Carrot Ranch:  In 99 words (no more, no less) write about a ring. Keep the definition to that of a piece of jewelry. Whose ring is it and what’s its significance? Here goes! Junk “Daddy!”…

Story Stuff: M Is For Men

Next up in our series, we’re talking about characters that make up a large subgroup of our cast: men (guess what the topic is for W). Women characters get a lot of airplay in the blogosphere, and rightfully so. I’m also discussing men because – and this may come as a shock to some of you –…

Story Stuff: L Is For Likable vs. Livable

Today in our series, we’re stepping away from editing stuff and back into story creation – specifically, we’re spending time with our characters because we like them. Or maybe it’s because we tolerate living with them for the course of a story, as long as everything else in the story makes it worthwhile. Sometimes I hear…

Story Stuff: K Is For Killing Your Darlings

Welcome to whatever day we’re on in our A-Z series. Today we’re gonna get violent. Sort of. There’s a famous quote flying around in writing communities. Many writers think it was courtesy of Stephen King, probably because he was quoting Faulkner when he said it and more people know King. Behold. The quote is more…

Story Stuff: J Is For Just (And Other Crutch Words)

For today’s post in the A-Z series, we’re taking a step back from the guts of story and looking at something that gets in the way: crutch words. I’m listing them under J for Just because “just” is one of my crutch words, AKA those words we authors get too comfortable with and overuse. They…