As you’re developing characters in your stories, have you considered how those characters feel about expressing gratitude to another being? Do they say “thank you” freely, or do they view saying thanks as an obligation or a debt to be paid? Expressing thanks can take on strong meanings for your characters whether you’re writing a […]
Ghost Story Prompts – On the RMFW Blog
Love ghost stories? Why not try your hand at writing one? On the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog this month, I’ve posted 10 prompts for writing your own ghost story. If you’re brave enough, manifest yourself over there (“10 Prompts for Writing Ghost Stories”) and conjure up a frightfully good story!
Interviewing Real People Can Enhance Your Fiction – On the RMFW Blog
Can your fiction benefit from the real-world experience of someone who’s experienced, learned, or is passionate about something in your scenes? If so, interviewing that someone can be the best thing you can do to elevate your story! On the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog, I talk about the reasons why interviewing an actual human […]
Can We Stop Using Writing as Punishment in Schools?
For as long as there have been teachers, kids, and writing implements, writing has been used to punish unruly students. Whether it was writing “I will not talk in class” twenty times on the chalkboard or being told to pen a dreaded 500-word essay on “respect” after a too-rowdy assembly, most of us have memories […]
How to Write Weather into Your Scenes – On the RMFW Blog
Talking about the weather is so mundane. Writing weather into your stories shouldn’t be. Make weather work hard for you in your fiction! See my tips this week on the RMFW blog: “Using Weather to Strengthen Scenes in Your Writing and Storytelling“
When Storms and Direful Thunders Break
Lighting, of course, is an essential part of any stage performance. Usually, the lighting is planned and provided by the play’s director and stage crew. Last week, at a performance at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, something else was at hand. I’d gone with a friend to see of The Two Gentlemen of Verona on the […]