Category Archives: Administrator

Insomniacs Anonymous 6-2-17

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

You might not be in school anymore, but do you make your own summer reading lists?

Practical Prompt 5-31-17

WriteOwls logo 150 blackYou finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Making things bad for your character is good, but adversity that doesn’t push the plot can exhaust—and then bore—your reader. Look over the bad breaks you’ve given your characters and make sure that each is necessary and drives them further along in the story. Cut any that don’t move the plot.

Practical Prompt 5-24-17

YWriteOwls logo 150 blackou finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

A protagonist typically holds a set of values at the beginning of a novel that, by the end of the story, has changed in some way.  The change can be a subtle shift in world view or a more profound moral change. So analyze your story to make sure you’ve incorporated incremental changes throughout. Consider adding a few words of dialogue, inner thoughts, body language or other small actions to show your character’s evolution.

 

Practical Prompt 5-17-17

WriteOwls logo 150 blackYou finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Up the conflict in your story. Before you start writing on your next scene, brainstorm a list of twists that could make things harder on your character. Then as you write the scene, add in one—or more—and see if it ups the tension.

Practical Prompt 5-10-17

WriteOwls logo 150 blackYou finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.

Does your scene feel ho-hum, despite having high stakes and intense conflict in it? Perhaps you are repeating plot beats by not allowing your characters to change, learn or grow by the end of the scene. Re-read your scene from beginning to end to see if anything really changed for your character or his situation. If it doesn’t, either cut it or re-write it so it advances the story.