How to write fiction, including forums, comments, and discussions

Currently, I am reading a book called “Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing” by Larry Brooks. This book is amazing in how it puts together the elements of writing a story. So far, I have learned that every story that sells is made up of these 6 Core Competencies, which are: Concept, Character, Theme, Story Structure, Scene Execution, and Writing Voice. His use of analogies throughout the book make it very […]

Story Engineering by Larry Brooks, Musings on time

There are times when life gets stressful. We often over schedule ourselves with things that seemed important at the time, but now are chores. I came across this post from Ollin Morales, who offers some great insights on how to deal with the stresses of the day. While he wrote this post from the perspective of someone who may be struggling as a writer, some of his concepts are universal. The idea of meditation and […]

A Guide to Relieving Stress

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writing fiction for dummies
I have been reading “Writing Fiction for Dummies” by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy (2010). This book is a must read as it outlines in very simple steps the things that make up a great story, i.e. the Five Pillars of Fiction (storyworld, or setting, characters, plot, theme, and style). The authors also outline the Seven Tactical Tools (action, dialogue, interior monologue, interior emotion description, flashback, and narrative summary) and how to best use those […]

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