Novel writing and screen writing: there really is a connection!

I found this great blog post, and I totally  thought you all would like to see it too. I’ve always thought that movies and novels were created in a similar fashion, and this interesting post explains how. Enjoy!

IT’S TELEVISION TUESDAY FOLKS! How to Write A 5 Day Novel with Scott King What did you take away from this video? Tell me in the comments!! Benjamin Thomas @thewritingtrain http://www.mysterythrillerweek.com

via How to Write A 5 Day Novel with Scott King — The Writing Train: Join the locomotion

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The page isn’t missing, it’s new!

IMG_0133Well, not really new, it’s just renamed. After much thought I decided that the Freebies page title wasn’t really representing the content of the page very well, so I changed the page title to Short Stories. Don’t worry, everything on my Short Stories page is still free, the name change just helps people understand what’s in there. At the moment wordpress is being grumpy with  me, so I have to hunt down my old links to the freebies page and rename them by hand. Uhg! So some of the stories will be tricky to get to via old links for a while. Sorry! But you can alway just click on the page tab at the top of the home page and it will take you there in a jiffy!

broken F bits4Sorry for any reading inconvenience everyone!

Short and rarely seen

IMG_0128It has been so long since I’ve written a short story to add to my freebie page, I’m sure many thought I had completely forgotten about it. Honestly, it wouldn’t have even crossed my mind it if wasn’t for a picture book that I was responsible for processing.

The children’s book had such an odd title (Into the pumpkin) and I thought, Hmm, wouldn’t that make a great title for a Halloween short story. And then I remembered that I hadn’t written any short stories in a really long time. Oops!

Even for a novelist, writing novels isn’t enough. Writing short stories keeps you limber as a writer. The small format forces you to stay flexible in your story creation. It also forces you to cut out all the extra frills in your writing and only leave what is absolutely necessary to move the story forward. It’s really hard to have much character development in such a small format, so every word and every action your characters make have to convey their personalities. Short stories really keep a writer on their toes.

So I’m hoping that I will have enough time this month to write up a new Halloween short story.  It will probably have the  title “Into the pumpkin”. And hopefully it won’t be a complete disaster. After all, I’m really out of practice.

If you want to read last year’s Halloween story click here.