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Category Archives: Prewriting/Story-Telling

Mondays are Prewriting and Story-Telling. Currently these are being covered by Courtney Cantrell.

Researching Your Setting

No matter what genre you’re writing, you need to research your setting. Even if you’re making that setting up.

Writing, (W)romance, and Wraiths

To sex or not to sex? Today’s post is all about paranormal and fantasy romance. Rawr.

What a Bunch of Characters!

Today, we’re going to talk about the lovely people who populate your stories and how you need to figure them out before you dive into their story. After all, you’re going to have a much easier time staying in character and moving these characters along to the climactic conclusion of their tale if you’ve spent time beforehand figuring out who they are….

What Is “Hidden Story,” and Why Do You Need One?

Today we’re going to discuss a part of your novel you might not even be aware exists. This elusive element of your writing is called the “hidden story,” and it’s essential to delivering a tale that will keep your readers up way past their bedtimes.

(W)riting, Relationships, and Romance

Tweet Greetings, lovely people! This week at Unstressed Syllables, we’re focusing on contemporary romance and chick lit. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that these aren’t my wheelhouse genres. So, I’m kicking off the romance by sharing with you a few tidbits I’ve picked up from expert Nora Roberts*. Just Tell the Story “My […]

The One Where You Get to Be Pygmalion

Today we’re talking about your Ideal Reader: why you want one, how you create one, and what he or she looks like.

Prewriting: Turn It Upside Down and Inside Out

Today we’re going to discuss how to make a map work in your favor — or, how you can use your prewriting material in a way that doesn’t tie you down to structure.

Don’t Shoot Arrows at People

Who are you writing for? What does your audience expect? Today we’ll talk about choosing your target audience.

Kill Your Darlings: The Alpha and Omega of Stephen King

So, when I was pondering which part of Stephen King’s On Writing to share with you today, for some reason my brain said, “FIRST! LAST! PAGING THROUGH BOOK TO FIND UNDERLINED THINGS!” And I said, “Huh?” My brain just rolled its eyes at me. But then it explained….

Your Prewriting Recipe for Mock Turtle Soup

You’ve given your story a working title. You’ve honed your story question to a perfect, sharp edge. You’ve crafted a satisfying, useful short synopsis. That means it’s time to sink your teeth into the Mock Table of Contents!