My Top Three Creativity Enforcers

Creativity is a force within us that is susceptible to external energies. The benefit to this relationship is that we can shape and develop our creativity based on our actions, behavior, and mindset. The drawback to this relationship is that we can shape and develop our creativity based on our … READ MORE

Story Structure–Midpoint

The Midpoint is a major turning point that occurs in the middle of all stories. This event falls smack-dab into the thick of things, so for it to make a difference, it’s got to fulfill several jobs: Raises the stakes for the hero Turns the story in a completely new … READ MORE

Grammar Grumble – Apostrophes

The apostrophe is one of the most misunderstood punctuation marks around. Probably because there are three different uses for it, each of which applies under some (but not all) circumstances: -marks omissions in contracted words -marks possession -marks plural form OMISSIONS IN CONTRACTED WORDS Two-word contractions The apostrophe replaces the … READ MORE

Why you Need a Story Hook

The purpose of a story hook is to engage readers and lure them into your story. The basic definition behind a hook is “pose a question the reader wants answered.” That’s a good start, but how do you actually make that question interesting? I mean, it’s not like you necessarily … READ MORE

How to Write a Story Premise

A story premise helps you know what kind of story you’re writing. This may seem like an odd step—after all, if you’re writing the story shouldn’t you know what kind of story you’re writing? The funny thing about stories, especially long-form stories, is that they tend to go off and … READ MORE