An Idea That Grew Into a Story

Online friends had asked me to share some of my fiction.  So I scheduled this post for mid-May.  A family emergency demanded 100% of my attention, so this post went online without any promotion or notice.  Today, I’m giving it the attention it deserves. I met Rob Chilson at a local science fiction group meeting.  He is the soft-spoken author of seven novels and numerous short stories and novellas published in science fiction magazines.  Visit his […]

From the End to the Beginning

Part 7: Re-visioning Your Story Why from the End to the Beginning? Many writers spend a significant amount of time crafting the beginning of their story. They know the beginning of a story is critical. If you don’t hook your reader, the story will go unread. But did you realize the ending is just as important? No amount of convincing characters, intricate or thrilling plot, nor vivid story world construction can overcome a poorly crafted […]

Is There a Time and Place in Your Story?

Setting: Week 6 of Re-visioning Your Story There's a time and place for . . . time and place in your story. When and where your story takes place gives the reader a reference point, or as Dwight V. Swain calls it, " a standard for your reader." Getting the time and place right is like the difference between Sleeping Beauty's castle and Windsor castle. When revising your manuscript, you'll want to be certain to […]