/Tag: Writing Skills

Short Story Series: Great Insights

By |2020-03-06T11:54:28-05:00December 8th, 2014|Writing Tips|

Understand Your Experiences: Part 13 This is the thirteenth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 13: Great short story writers provide great insights. “The power of fiction is that it gives us, as readers, the opportunity to move inside another human being, to look [...]

Short Story Series: Let Your Stories Unfurl

By |2020-03-06T11:54:29-05:00December 1st, 2014|Writing Tips|

Don’t Try to Solve Problems or Find Solutions: Part 12 This is the twelfth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 12: Great short story writers don’t try to solve problems or find solutions. “A writer doesn't solve problems. He allows them to emerge.” [...]

Short Story Series: Create Compelling Endings

By |2020-03-06T11:54:30-05:00November 24th, 2014|Writing Tips|

Know Your Last Sentence: Part 11 This is the eleventh blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 11: Great short story writers write great endings. “It is my feeling that a story is not finished until it is read, and that the reader finishes it [...]

Short Story Series: How to Entice Your Reader

By |2020-03-06T11:54:31-05:00November 17th, 2014|Writing Tips|

  Write Great Beginnings: Part 10 This is the tenth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 9: Great short story writers write great beginnings. “The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace. Style and personality are irrelevant. They can be formal [...]

Short Story Series: Create Compelling Characters

By |2020-03-06T11:54:32-05:00November 10th, 2014|Writing Tips|

Who Drives Your Story: Part 9 This is the ninth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 9: Great short story writers develop strong characters.   “It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I [...]

Short Story Series: A Sense Of Place

By |2020-03-06T11:54:33-05:00November 3rd, 2014|Writing Tips|

  Write From Where You Are: Part 8 This is the eighth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 8: Great short story writers recognize the importance of place.   “Every story would be another story, and unrecognized . . . if it took [...]

Short Story Series: Write What You Know

By |2020-03-06T11:54:33-05:00October 27th, 2014|Writing Tips|

  Getting At The Truth: Part 7 This is the seventh blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 7: Great short story writers draw from their own life experiences.   “The proper relationship of a writer to his or her own life is [...]

Short Story Series: Lyrical writing

By |2020-03-06T11:54:34-05:00October 20th, 2014|Short Story Contest, Writing Tips|

Discovering Greatness in Smallness: Part 6 This is the sixth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 6: Great short story writers are also poets.   “Lyrical prose makes the words sing, doesn’t it?”-- Silvia Villalobos   When American Indian, Sherman Alexie, began writing during his [...]

Short Story Series: Concise and Compact

By |2020-03-06T11:54:35-05:00October 14th, 2014|Short Story Contest, Writing Tips|

Discovering Greatness in Smallness: Part 5 This is the fifth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 5: Great short story writers are concise. Get in, get out.  Don’t linger. Go on.—Raymond Carver The best short stories are tightly constructed and compacted.  They are both [...]

Short Story Series: The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

By |2020-03-06T11:54:36-05:00October 6th, 2014|Book Promotion News, Writing Tips|

Discovering Greatness in Smallness: Part 4 This is the fourth blog in the weekly 15-part Discovering the Greatness in Smallness: 15 Qualities of Great Short Story Writers series by Susanne Carter. Quality 4: Great short story writers view the ordinary world in extraordinary ways. “I get [ideas] from looking at the world we live in, [...]

Improve Your Writing: 5 Simple Tips from an Editor [Guest Post]

By |2020-03-06T11:54:44-05:00July 2nd, 2014|Writing Tips|

Copyright: Melissa McKay 5 Things to Look for When Self-Editing Editors have a true passion for correcting the written word. Just as authors have a need to put pen to paper, we have a need to improve what that pen put on the paper. Our need often gets to the point where we [...]