Throughlines

a recurring character/setting/element anchoring the reader in the story that keeps the reader interested I use throughlines in my own writing and mentioned them previously in Using One-Line Summaries to Write Better Stories and Writing Mentoring. Recent conversations demonstrated confusion; some people thought a throughline is the same as a plot line, some thought a … Continue reading “Throughlines”

Things to Bring Back in Books – Tables-of-Contents

  Jennifer “The Editress” Day sent me the above graphic from a Facebook group she’s in. She asked if I agreed with the list provided. That set off a wonderful exploration of my thinking on these topics and caused me to defend my opinions for my own benefit (which I now share with you). I’ll … Continue reading “Things to Bring Back in Books – Tables-of-Contents”

Things to Bring Back in Books – Series Numbers

  Jennifer “The Editress” Day sent me the above graphic from a Facebook group she’s in. She asked if I agreed with the list provided. That set off a wonderful exploration of my thinking on these topics and caused me to defend my opinions for my own benefit (which I now share with you). I’ll … Continue reading “Things to Bring Back in Books – Series Numbers”

Writing Mentoring

Next class runs 3-31 Aug 2022 (Bonus Day!)   Let me save you some time before reading this post by starting out as I did with Critiques: Online or via Email; Do you want to improve your writing? Are you willing to pay to improve? If the answer to either of those is No then … Continue reading “Writing Mentoring”

Using One-Line Summaries to Write Better Stories

Sometimes a story, scene, or chapter isn’t working as you wish. Sometimes a completed story doesn’t have the oomph! you want it to have. Here’s a suggestion for getting your story, scene, or chapter working as it should. Write a one-line summary that tells your story Let’s say (for example purposes) we’re working with a … Continue reading “Using One-Line Summaries to Write Better Stories”