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Workshops for Writers: Creative Intent

Creative intent or creative intention is the statement or idea that guides how we express ourselves creatively. Knowing what our intentions are as storytellers and writers, allows us to embody our stories, our careers, and our purpose in a way that moves past simply writing. It also helps us stay grounded in the world of publishing and writing.

Write Better, Right Now #25

This month we'll go over conflict and how to use it in our stories. Conflict in a story can be easily identified as anything that goes against what the main or POV character wants. For example, stepping on a tack on the way to the fridge for a glass of water is conflict. A potential lover saying no to a date is conflict. While those are all negative examples, conflict can be positive, too.

Write Better, Right Now #24

Writers use macro tension to keep the large-scale elements of their story driving conflict and suspense. But you can also use it for things outside inducing conflict. Macro tension can also be a way for you to tease the reader about aspects of your world and to develop character relationships.

Workshops for Writers: Designing Characters

Characters fill our stories, and many writing instructors or teachers will say that characters are what drive a story and what brings readers in.

Write Better, Right Now #23

Writers use microtension to add depth to their writing and stories. Without microtension, there wouldn't be those minuet changes in tension and atmosphere that happen throughout a great story.

Workshops for Writers: Career Planning for Writers

Too often, writers aren't guided or taught how to think about their careers like other professions. They are either told to teach, pursue another path, or write novels and try to reach best-seller lists, but actual professional authors live much more varied and diverse lives than those two paths.

Write Better, Right Now #22

Tension is the sense that something is about to happen, whether that be good or bad. We often think bad or negative when we think about tension. But we don't have to. We can use tension in our fiction to build joy between friends solidifying or even mending a friendship. Using tension, we can keep our readers in our stories, wondering what happens next.

Workshops for Writers: Using Themes and Thematic Statements

Thinking about the central idea or theme in our work will help us push our stories further and make our metaphors and imagery ring truer. Themes also help the pieces of our story connect. Knowing the themes and thematic statement dominant in our story will help us make decisions about what is going to strengthen our stories and what is going to weaken our stories.

Write Better, Right Now #21

When talking about tension, anticipation comes up. Many writers don't know the difference, but it's an important distinction to make like all writing techniques and skills.

Workshops for Writers — Endings

I wanted to offer writers another way to grow and learn. That's when it hit me! I have TONS of workshops in my library that I created for my writing group that I can bring over here and share with writers. These workshops can be done solo, with a partner, or in a group. Every Friday, there'll be a new workshop on a new topic. First up, writing endings.