29 July 2015

PROMPT---Words, words, words...

Improvise with these words:

Stars           Dreams      Ice Cream     Tomb       Time        Light     Prince     King

Delirious       Lock-down        Camera       Soap        Miss _____(insert name of a politician)

You have to mention the word: Delirious instead of the word had.

AND you cannot use the held, dark, queen, your, you're, give, or me.

Go for it!

22 July 2015

ADVICE---Character Motivations


-Peer Presure







15 July 2015

200th Post!!!

Bonjour, mes amis! Pour cette deux cent publier, je voudrais dire, "Merci!"

In celebration, here are five writer's memes.


01 July 2015

ADVISE--Types of Conflicts

Man vs.....
              1. Nature
              2. Society
              3. Technology/machine
              4. Man
              5. Self
              6. Reality
              7. God/Faith
              8. Supernatural

If I had to add another, it would be MAN VS. SUPERNATURAL.

Conflict-good stories have them! Without conflict, the story becomes a Waiting for Godot. Conflict makes a story interesting and it pulls in readers; it is a catalyst that sets the rest of the story in motion. Stories have a main conflict and minor conflicts along the way.

Good conflict = good story plot
Good characters = good story plot

30 June 2015

ADVISE--5 Stages of a Plot

Plot involves the exposition, crisis, rising action, falling action, and resolution.

              1. Exposition
              2. Complication
              3. Crisis
              4. Falling Action
              5. Resolution
Beginning section which author may include character background, sets the scene, introduces characters, and brings in the conflict.

Also referred to as the 'rising action,' this is when the conflict gradually develops and intensifies.

Also known as the 'climax,' the plot reaches at its most tense part.

Falling Action: 
The point when the conflict is beginning to be resolved and intensity subsides. The crisis is near conclusion.

Also referred as the 'denouement,' the plot is resolved in some way and there is an outcome of events. All questions might be answered and all is done. Or is it?

However, not all stories begin this way - some begin in medias res. That means the story began in the middle. Some stories begin there to quickly cut to the chase and crucial info is later picked up along the way in the form of flashbacks.

24 June 2015

ADVICE--Story Elements


  1. Background for action
  2. Be antagonistic (man vs. nature)
  3. Create an atmosphere
  4. Reveals a character
  5. Reinforces a theme
The time period you choose has a context of culture--meaning that each time piece has its own set of standards or rules of society. For example, if a story is set in medieval France, given that it is a realistic or believable story, the ideals would be different from modern day. Make sure to do your research!


Show vs. Telling
Showing readers through actions or active writing makes the story more believable. Ways to make a story believable can be the use of:

17 June 2015

POETRY---Types & Structure Pt. 3

Terza Rima: A terza rima consists of stanzas of three lines (or tercets) usually in iambic pentameter. It follows an interlocking rhyming scheme, or chain rhyme. This is where the middle of each stanza rhymes with the first and last line of the following stanza. There is no set length to this form, as long as it follows the pattern as follows:

Triolet: Consists of 8 lines with a pattern of rhymes that goes like this:
AB, aA, ab, AB

Ottava Rima: Made up of an octave that goes:
ab, ab, ab, cc

Senryu: An unrhymed Japanese poem that has certain syllables per line (this consists of 17 lines).

 Line 1 – 5 syllables  Line 2 – 7 syllables Line 3 – 5 syllables 

10 June 2015

POETRY--Types of Poems & Structure Pt. 2

Cinquain: A cinquain poem is a verse of five lines that do not rhyme.
For example see link HERE

Acrostic: An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase. The most common and simple form of an acrostic poem is where the first letters of each line spell out the word or phrase.
For example see link HERE

03 June 2015

POETRY-Types of Poems & Structure Pt. 1

Limerick: A limerick is often a funny poem with a strong beat. Limericks are very light hearted poems and can sometimes be utter nonsense. They are great for kids to both read and write as they are short and funny.
For example see link HERE.

Ode: A lyrical poem addressing someone or a thing.
For example see link HERE

Pantoum: A 3-stanza poem set with a pattern of repetitive lines.
The pattern in each stanza is where the second and fourth line of each verse is repeated as the first and third of the next. The pattern changes though for the last stanza to the first and third line are the second and fourth of the stanza above (penultimate). The last line is a repeat of the first starting line of the poem and the third line of the first is the second of the last.
For example see link HERE 

27 May 2015

ADVICE--Character Names

Character names are an important part of characterization. Remember that when choosing a name, make sure it fits the character in personality and that the names of the characters does not confuse the reader.

For example, if there is a main character named Joey and later in the tale, a minor character has the name of Joseph (that may or may not be interacting in the story), possibly consider changing the name to be clear to the audience.

Also, it is not necessary to name a character that only appears once in a story; I would say not to give that character a name at all because they aren't a major focus on the story. So instead of naming the mailman 'Bobby,' simplify that by just saying that 'there was a mailman.' Keep it simple with those minor characters, even though they can be important.

For name inspirations for your characters, here are some tips according to The Write Practice website:

      1. Look at movie credits
      2. Start with the people you know
      3. Read some maps
      4. Research authors at the library
Keep in mind that character names influence the personality as well!

8 Tips for Naming Characters