Plot Forcing: Two Variations

A plot point within a story may be said to be forced if a given development occurred because of a sudden change which had no precedent within the tale. One common form of plot forcing is sporadic, selective stupidity, the condition whereby a normally competent (or brilliant) character suddenly losses all wit so that said… Continue reading Plot Forcing: Two Variations

Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 2

(continued from part 1) In part one we covered the rudiments of establishing placefulness in fiction through spatial notation. In this installment we will be expanding upon our previous endeavour by focusing our attention on geographical clarity through directional signifiers. Cardinal Directions and Landmarks When attempting to establish geographical clarity in creative writing, think of… Continue reading Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 2

Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 1

Of the essentials of a story, characters, theme, style and setting, the latter is perhaps the most difficult for new or dilettante writers to manage. Take for example this first paragraph excerpt from the short story Family Gathering by Paul Beckman from Fictive Dream (a excellent site). The laughers come first. They always arrive early… Continue reading Forging The Mappa Mundi | Part 1

Navigating Between Its’, It’s & Its

Its', It's and Its are some of the most commonly used (and misused) three letter word-forms in English. To use them properly it should be understood that its' is always incorrect to use, thus anytime you see you're writing its', substitute it for either "it's" or "its" depending on what the sentence requires. It's and Its,… Continue reading Navigating Between Its’, It’s & Its

On Dialogic Consistency In Fiction

If, in your fiction writing, you can describe something in but a single word, sentence or paragraph, but choose instead to write in excess of the requisite amount for the task-to-hand, pause to consider precisely why. There are, sometimes, good reasons for writing in excess of the amount for the task-to-hand, but if due consideration… Continue reading On Dialogic Consistency In Fiction

Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Prt.5 [Coda]

Those that wish to shift any power structure will need to pervade not just in the military, the media and the legislation-complex but also in the arts. - A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Part. 4 In the previous installment of this series I briskly documented the strange case of the self-styled "Leftist Fight Club," created… Continue reading Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Prt.5 [Coda]