An Exercises from Story Drills: Theme

Today's fiction writing exercise is an excerpt from my book, Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises. This one focuses on theme, the central message and deeper meaning of a story. Enjoy! Theme is often described as the message of a story, but this description doesn’t do it justice. Theme is also...

Tips for Developing Story Writing Ideas

Short stories, flash fiction, novels, and novellas: there are countless stories floating around out there -- and those are just the fictional works. It's no wonder writers get frustrated trying to come up with a simple concept for a story. One look at the market tells...

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101 Creative Writing Exercises

Explore fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction writing with exercises that stretch your skills and your imagination. You’ll discover tools and techniques that will improve your writing through fun yet practical projects that you can submit and publish. 101 Creative Writing Exercises gives you plenty of practice and fresh ideas. Let the adventure in writing begin!

10 Core Practices for Better Writing

Each of the ten practices presented in this book strengthen your writing skills and promote excellence. By adopting these simple but effective writing practices, you will master the craft of writing. All it takes is dedication and self-discipline. 10 Core Practices for Better Writing is ideal for writing groups, classes, and workshops as well as individuals who want to improve their writing. Start your journey toward better writing today.

1200 Creative Writing Prompts

Are you looking for fresh creative writing ideas? Do you want to try writing in new forms and genres? 1200 Creative Writing Prompts is packed with fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction prompts that will inspire and motivate you to write. If you tackle just one prompt per day, this book will provide you with writing ideas for over three years. Spark your next writing project today.

Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection

Adventures in Writing: The Complete Collection includes all books in the Adventures in Writing series:

  • 101 Creative Writing Exercises
  • 10 Core Practices for Better Writing
  • 1200 Creative Writing Prompts

This collection will inspire and motivate you while imparting useful writing tools and techniques.

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What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing

What’s the Story? Building Blocks for Fiction Writing fosters a broader and deeper understanding of stories, what they are made of, and how they are developed. Study the most important story elements, including characters, plot, setting, and theme, as well as literary devices and storytelling techniques that take narrative writing to the next level. Pick up What’s the Story? and start developing your storytelling skills today.

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Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises

Story Drills: Fiction Writing Exercises is packed with lessons and exercises to help you learn (and master) the craft of storytelling. You’ll get practical tools and techniques for story development; study and analyze your favorite stories; gain experience through writing practice; and get questions and worksheets to help you create stories that resonate with readers. Get your storytelling skills in shape. Pick up a copy of Story Drills today.

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