Fiction



5 Elements of Successful Stories
Every story, no matter what it is about or how long or short it is, uses these 5 elements to capture your interest and take you along for a ride into a world previously unknown to you. Everything that you notice about a story—what you liked about it, moments that spoke […]

5 Elements of Successful Stories


Why You Should Write Fanfiction
As a reader and as a writer I have faced a lot of strongly mixed reviews about fanfiction. On the one hand, many of my high school writer friends have published and regularly read fanfiction on the Internet. On the other hand, many of my college writer friends scoff at fanfiction […]

Why You Should Write Fanfiction



how to write useful flashbacks
See also: How to Write Dream Sequences Why use flashbacks? Flashbacks are fun to write. And in early drafts, they are super helpful for showing you who your characters are and where they come from. However, as with visions and dream sequences, it can be difficult to discern whether or not […]

How to Write Useful Flashbacks


how to write scripts for dummies
Writing a script is just writing a story in a particular format: for film or the stage. The format is designed to put words to the actions and movements of actors to paint a picture for the director to bring to life. Script formatting is not strict unless you’re writing […]

How to Write Scripts for Dummies


how to write a skit without hating everyone
It’s happened to me every Thanksgiving for the past four years: a group of us sit down to come up with the most hilarious skit of all time. Three people share their ideas, and the other twelve groan internally and go along with it. Teachers, extroverts, and youth group leaders […]

How to Write a Skit (without hating everyone)



how to write microfiction
What is microfiction? Is it different from flash fiction? Microfiction is fiction that is written in 300 words or less. It encompasses forms such as the six-word story, twitterature (140 character story), dribble (50 words) and drabble (100 words). Microfiction is a subset of flash fiction. That is, all microfiction […]

How to Write Microfiction for Beginners


how to write dream sequences
Should I use a dream sequence? Dreams in literature tend to serve one of three purposes: to foreshadow (either as a direct prophecy or as a tip-off to the reader), to tell about a character’s inner torment, or to be a flashback. Dreams can be seen as gimmicky because they […]

How to Write Dream Sequences that Don’t Suck