5 Tips for Writing a Strong Short Story – My Guest Post on The One Year Adventure Novel Blog

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This week, I am very excited to be featured on Blog The Adventure the official blog of the One Year Adventure Novel by Daniel Schwabauer. One Year Adventure Novel is an absolutely amazing writing curriculum. If you haven’t heard of it, I highly suggest you give it a look. you can find more about it here. In addition to hosting my article, Blog The Adventure also has loads of helpful advice and tips, so go check them out! Here’s an excerpt from the post:

In many ways, writing short stories can be daunting for beginning writers. A non-writer may equate shorter with easier, but a writer?… How in the world do you tell a story in only 7,300 words?!

For a long time I did not even try because I believed failure was inevitable. But once I actually forced myself to give it a go, I realized that it’s really a lot less intimidating than it seems!

I’ve now successfully written several short stories. Along the way, I discovered 5 tips that I hope you will find helpful in your own short story endeavors.

You can read the entire article here: 5 Tips for Writing a Strong Short Story


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17 Ways to Bore Your Reader on the First Page – Guest Post by Emily Tjaden

Let’s face it: first pages are hard. First chapters are hard. First sentences are hard. Why? Because they are supposed to act like bait. They’re what’re going to hook your reader and drag them into the rest of the story. As a writer, your job description is pretty much a fisher of readers. And nobody ever said fishing was easy.

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In fact, fishing is really, really hard. I’m not trying to sound discouraging; it’s just the truth. Fishing takes patience, practice, and a whole lot of dedication. Many times, readers (including myself) never make it past the first page, let alone the first chapter of a novel. I’m going to turn off my novelist self for a few minutes and talk to you guys as a reader.

Sometimes novelists wonder what makes us put down their books before we’ve given them a chance. But I’m going to tell you a secret: readers aren’t nice people. We’re not going to read a book we aren’t totally fascinated by just because we want to give the author a chance. It doesn’t work that way. That makes the author’s job even harder, because now they have to learn to hook people who don’t want to be hooked. Continue reading