Category: Writing Craft

Creative Writing Feedback

Good feedback from teacher last night on a sample beginning I wrote up. He said that it wasn’t clear, soon enough who the main character was. I had too many named people for a short story.

Idea to Story

Some people start typing and see how the story develops.   I’ve tried that and my writing background is not strong enough to be guided by unspoken rules.  I think the English majors got them by osmosis while I was in chemistry lab. I develop a template to build out my stories.  I took ideas from…

Earthquakes in the Mind

We build continents of thought at different times of our development. Later when we notice that we are of two minds on one issue, it be due to this. From birth to 6, Base social and behavior skills,Imitative From 7 to 11, Surrounding Reality, Rational, Sets base of expectations Form 12 – 20s, World Reality,…

Reviewing Fiction

I came across something recently that’s good advice for a casual reviewer. Instead of having to say you like something and write up thoughts, use BCD codes.

Creative Writing Class

I finished the class this week.  As a final project, I created a Uncertain Ground, a blog magazine of the main pieces I wrote. Bingo Day starts I remember most of my time at St. Ambrose grade school with pleasure, but Bingo Day in the 8th grade is an exception. I never talk about it,…

Kinds of Words

In poetry I was stymied when asked to string together long sentences. Recently I came across the idea of dividing words up by meaning function. Now I see a dimensionality to writing that I can use. Example sentence: You, a citizen, six feet tall and owner of this book, are at home, at this moment,…

Class Writings

For Creative Writing, I’m developing a blog to show my writings.   Although the content is limited to coursework, I’ll post the link when it’s ready for my friends and family. Professor May refers to the collection as our portfolio. One little trick that I have to master is to fix particular efforts on pages rather…