This story is for #FOWC & #FFF, and the picture that set it off: "This is what she looks like," Issa said. "Like an anime street urchin?" The boy with the hanks of twisted hair touched the wall. "Like a goddess of dirt?" "Exactly," Issa stepped up beside the boy. "She's my little sister, but … Continue reading On the Street
Sounds intimidating, or worse, doesn't it? It isn't. Promise. There are no beasties in the following words. And sorry, but no lunch either. MICE refers to storytelling. M is for Milieu and although every story has a setting, a Milieu story is more than a story based mostly on setting. It's also a tool to … Continue reading MICE with PIES in the Toolbox
What -- you do it first? I don't, and there's a reason for that. It's not that I do things back to front, at least not from my perspective. The start is the beat sheets, one for each character in the story, but the main two characters (usually the main character/protagonist and the antagonist) get … Continue reading And Then There was the … Synopsis
(for Fandango's FOWC Lucky). Lucky Be, Lucky Rain pattered on the glass. Lucky held his ear to the pane and smiled. “What does it have to say?” Rona asked as she tidied the kitchen. “It says it’s going to rain today, that the plants will be watered, that the river will flow, that the dust … Continue reading Lucky Be, Lucky
Remember the story process posts (combined post here)? Well, that was just the start! What happens next? The next level down for a story plan (yes, it's a real plan, but not a synopsis or outline -- this is a process, my process): Scene Outlines What is a scene outline? This is a bit like … Continue reading What comes after?
The time to take a break and focus on family and friends, which means I'm taking a holiday from the blog (not from writing, but it will be reduced time available). However, before I go I should mention that the Novitiate novella is going free on Amazon around Christmas. Keep an eye on the dates: … Continue reading It’s That Time of Year
If you're a writer, you're about to rebuke me and say, "one plus one equals half," because that's the term used when writers show and then tell, or tell and then show. In this case, it's to do with receiving goods, and then having to put them together. I got something. I opened the box. … Continue reading One Plus One Equals Three