Tag Archives: narrative

Practical Prompt 11-19-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You 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.

Is your dialogue an information dump? If you remove the dialogue from a scene, does that change the plot? If so, you might be giving too much information via dialogue. Try giving the same information through narrative.

Practical Prompt 10-30-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You 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.

Consider the emotional resonance of the scene you’re working on. Do big events have an emotional impact on your characters, or are they just there to serve the plot?

Practical Prompt 6-26-14

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You 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.

Prompt: When you are writing a story, especially a novel, it is easy to get tunnel vision and focus only on the scene you are writing; but a story needs to be a cohesive unit.  Stretch the scope/perspective of your story from the first page to the last. Take something innocuous from the first act of the story and try to tie it into the climax or concluding action in a major way.  Besides helping your focus, your readers will think you are a genius.

Resource: Narrative Viewpoint

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

Naomi Hawkins-Rowe

While banging my head against the wall considering my narrative options for one of my characters, I happened upon a wonderful and concise explanation for POV: Narrative Viewpoint, posted on Grossmont College’s website. There, I found a guide breaking down the various modes of Narrative Viewpoint, or POV – something that James Phelan’s book, Narrative as Rhetoric: Technique, Audiences, Ethics, Ideology, also does remarkably well if you have the time to read it. Continue reading