For Aspiring Writers

Archive for the tag “fiction writing”

Motivational Muses #18


I choose to write because it’s perfect for me.

It’s an escape, a place I can go to hide.

It’s a friend, when I feel out casted from everyone else.

It’s a journal, when the only story I can tell is my own.

It’s a book, when I need to be somewhere else.

It’s control, when I feel so out of control.

It’s healing, when everything seems pretty messed up.

And it’s fun, when life is just flat-out boring.


Opening with a Whopper #1

“I’ll see you tomorrow, Harvey,” she said to me.

She never did.

* * *

How to get going

  • A good story beginning needs to introduce character, conflict, story world and set a tone, let these opening lines help you develop such a start
  • Why did she never see Harvey?
  • Who was this woman to Harvey?

Share your work

  • For a challenge, reply your response in the comment box in 250 words
To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Reader’s Judge a Book by a Title: Revamp and Infographic

Trying out my new found obsession (infographics) first hand, hope you enjoy!

Readers Judge a Book By Its Title

Sometimes your title may inspire a whole novel, sometimes you could have polished your story for the final time but still be struggling to find a fitting name. Some people enjoy thinking of the title at the beginning, some writers leave this task till last. Whatever it is, the title of a story plays a crucial part in enticing a reader into reading your book. Readers will judge whether to read your book by its title.

Read more…

Picture Prompt #5

How to get going

  • Take a look at this poster, and look at the message on the sign and the setting behind it
  • Who has written the message? Why? What has happened to this place?
  • What sort of place does this road lead to now?

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

To download the complete set of prompts and ideas so far, click here: Prompts and Ideas (it’s safe!)

Point of View: Whose Story is it to Tell?

The point of view of the story makes a very big impact on the reader. A lot of the time it does depend on how will the writer executes it, but it also depends on the plot and characters.

Read more…

Motivational Muses #15

From the Experts: Writer’s Tips #5

This one is a gem. Brilliant tips of figure of speech by How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey

Don’t use the oldies but goodies:

  • blind as a bat/eats like a horse/dead as a doornail/a cold fish/cool as a cucumber/tight as a Scotsman/right as rain/flies off the handle/crying over spilt milk/a sea of faces.

Don’t use similes in a long string:

  • She was tall, like a telephone pole; and she was thin, like a reed; and her skin was soft, like velvet; her eyes,blue as the Pacific.

Don’t mix your metaphors:

  • He liked to bury his head in the sand and keep his light hidden under a bushel.

Read more…

Books on the Art of Writing #1

I had always thought, how can books really teach me writing? There are no rules, no set structure, nothing rigid, but that was a naive thought.  I have collected some fifty books on the art of writing. Okay, I haven’t read through them all yet, but every one of these books has offered my something so valuable that I feel like a much more experienced writer by just reading it!

The Art of War for Writers

Read more…

Lights, Camera, Action: Beginning a Scene

Every part of a scene counts, but the beginning is where it all starts. How do you get your character interested? How do you set the stage? How do you write an epic start?

The first rule is that every scene has to contribute to the plot and idea of the story in some way – but in a way that gives your reader an experience. So the first question you have to ask yourself is, what is the most important piece of information that needs to be revealed in the scene? Then have a look below to see which way suits best.

Read more…

Post Navigation