Fiction Writing Exercises: Step Out of Your Shoes
fiction writing exercises

Step out of your shoes with these fiction writing exercises.

I recently shared a writing exercise that encouraged you to get into a character’s head. Today’s exercise asks you to go a step further and explore characters and ideas that are your polar opposites.

One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of being a writer is creating characters. It is an opportunity to step outside of your own reality and take on a completely different persona. Unless you’re an actor, an undercover agent, or just plain crazy, you don’t get many chances in life to do that. Read More

Story is Conflict

Story is Conflict

Find out how conflict drives any story. If a story were a bus, conflict would be the driver. Conflict steers a story, moves it forward, reverses it, stops it in its tracks,... [Read more]

How to Construe and Convey Tone in Poetry

How to Construe and Convey Tone in Poetry

Are you paying attention to tone in poetry? In literature, tone is the mood, attitude, or emotional sensibility of a written work. In poetry, tone expresses the narrator’s... [Read more]

Is It Plural or Possessed? When to Use Apostrophe -S

Is It Plural or Possessed? When to Use Apostrophe -S

Punctuation marks: how to use apostrophe-s. It’s one of those grammar glitches that makes English teachers twitch, and it’s a perplexing punctuation problem. Knowing... [Read more]

20 Creative Writing Careers

20 Creative Writing Careers

Creative writing careers — they’re out there! If creative writing is your passion, then you’d probably enjoy a career in which you could spend all day (or... [Read more]

Critiques Make Your Writing Better, So Grin and Bear Them

Critiques Make Your Writing Better, So Grin and Bear Them

Critiques make your writing better. Today I’d like to share an excerpt from my book 10 Core Practices for Better Writing. This excerpt is from “Chapter Seven: Feedback,”... [Read more]

Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell

Writing Tips: Show, Don’t Tell

Show don’t tell — what does that mean? The first time I heard the advice “show, don’t tell,” I was young and it confused me. Show what? Isn’t... [Read more]

Creative Writing Prompts for the Young at Heart

Creative Writing Prompts for the Young at Heart

Creative writing prompts that ignite your imagination. Today’s post includes a selection of prompts from my book 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy! Stories and poems... [Read more]

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