Rather, editing involves carefully going through your work to see what to leave out, what to change, finding out what you have to do to improve your writing, make it sharper, tidier, better. Editing can be hard work. Identify your opportunities — five minutes is enough to get a few sentences down — and use them. Creative Writing Exercise: Begin this story like you would any other. Develop who the very first Tooth Fairy is and understand their character.
Then, start creating a backstory that coincides with how they ended up becoming the tooth fairy. Write this in full, ending with the Tooth Fairy taking their first tooth. The idea behind this creative writing exercise is to focus on interpreting themes through story. Otherwise, it can get lost. Not knowing the theme can often leave readers feeling unsatisfied — and rightfully so.
Creative Writing Exercise: For this exercise, pick an overarching theme you want to focus on. Tension is created by opposition between the character or characters and internal or external forces or conditions. By balancing the opposing forces of the conflict, you keep readers glued to the pages wondering how the story will end. Possible Conflicts Include: The protagonist against another individual The protagonist against nature or technology The protagonist against society The protagonist against himself or herself.
Explain just enough to tease readers. Never give everything away. Give both sides options. Keep intensifying the number and type of obstacles the protagonist faces. Hold fictional characters more accountable than real people. Characters who make mistakes frequently pay, and, at least in fiction, commendable folks often reap rewards.
Provide sufficient complexity to prevent readers predicting events too far in advance. Encourage reader identification with characters and scenarios that pleasantly or unpleasantly resonate with their own sweet dreams or night sweats. Reveal something about human nature. Present a struggle that most readers find meaningful, even if the details of that struggle reflect a unique place and time. High Stakes. Convince readers that the outcome matters because someone they care about could lose something precious.
Trivial clashes often produce trivial fiction. Build to a Crisis or Climax This is the turning point of the story—the most exciting or dramatic moment. The crisis may be a recognition, a decision, or a resolution. Timing is crucial. If the crisis occurs too early, readers will expect still another turning point. This means the story can be told from a more objective point of view. You need to decide which point of view to take, depending on which is best for your particular story.
The one and only Sherry the Great! By Sara Roberts If you walk along the river you see a great cliff and next to that cliff is the house in which sherry lives.
Now sherry is a nice girl, simple not to bright and not very pretty, but she is nice. She has three family members no of which are related to her but they are the closest people that she knows.
There is a cat named Herbert, a doll named Freena, and her best friend Sherrie, who is a speck of dust that she sees float by when she needs help. One time sherry was playing wit her cat Herbert and they were on the edge of the cliff seeing who could get the closest to the edge. Of coarse Herbert would never go along with the plan because he was such a scardy cat, so sherry helped him with that problem by throwing him as far as she could. Now on this particular day sherry did not want Herbert to win so she would take an extra turn after her friend went.
This threw sherry of balance and caused her to wobble off over the edge of the cliff. But now back to sherry, as she fell down the side of the cliff, a great big eagle soared over the sun. But the eagle saw her and swooped down to her rescue, and caught sherry in its mouth.
Granted the bird had no intent to save sherry, but she had no knowledge of that. She was merely glad she did not fall to her death. All this was so shocking she screamed and jumped out of the nest!
But she left her hand behind her. And as she fell threw the sky for the second time today, she realized that Sherrie was the one who pushed her off the cliff and she wondered. So as she fell even farther down the side of the cliff, a breeze picked her up and flung her over the Grand Canyon. Carm on March 19, am Thank you for the writing tips that you shared. I benefit from this sharing.
Why not? Make the characters move from the first emotion to the second. Writing Your First Draft Writing a first draft of your creative writing project — whether a novel, short story, poem or play — can be a bit daunting.
Simply start writing wherever you like. Start somewhere else and get going again if you become stuck on a particular passage.
But it can be difficult — what to chop and when to stop may not be clear, and you may change your mind more than once during the process. Ask yourself whether you need to take out: Unnecessary information and explanation.
Readers should be able to do the same with fictional characters. Setting or aspect of setting resolves the plot. All this was so shocking she screamed and jumped out of the nest! Clear-cut outcome. Creative Writing Exercise: To start, choose a scene you wrote previously that has little to no dialogue, but is still very important.
I really like the notebook idea. If the crisis occurs too early, readers will expect still another turning point. Just like any other field, networking is a key to success.
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I really like the notebook idea. If you see writing as a job, definitely you will feel exhausted and dead. You can edit it tomorrow — IF you wrote it today. Go on a writing course. Include enough detail to let your readers picture the scene but only details that actually add something to the story.
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