Anticipation can be a powerful tool The more I look at the amount of detail I’ve been putting into it and the amount of story left to go, next to the amount of time left in the month, this easily looks like a project that could go over the 50,000 word count. I was more… Read More NaNoWriMo2021 by Ben Collier
Okay. I finally got a breather. Hey there! How’s everyone’s NaNo project coming along? I’m trying to do on average 2,000 words a day and it’s been a struggle to keep up. As far as the story, so far I’ve yet to complete the opening scene. I got a late start on November 1st and, just… Read More NaNoWriMo 2021 – First Week! by Benjamin Collier
Writing a Skeletal Plot for a NaNoWriMo Novel – by Benjamin Collier November is approaching faster than I thought! I had listed the last half of October as my time to finalize a skeleton plot with minor details for each scene, (as well as finer details for the opening scene, or whichever scene I plan… Read More Writing a Skeletal Plot
Every work of fiction is a ‘What If’. With Science Fiction the What If is more obvious. “What if we had the ability to travel back in time?” “What if we could bring dinosaurs back?” “What if we could clone ourselves instead of having children?” But even contemporary fiction has a What If when you… Read More What If?
Posted on November 3, 2020by benjaminfrog Hey everyone! How’s your NaNo project doing so far? I know it’s only Day 3 now, but that’s plenty of time to get a sense of how well you have or have not prepared. I’m finding myself struggling a bit with this project compared to last year’s, despite taking a similar… Read More NaNoWriMo 2020 – First 2 Days!
Benjamin T. Collier is here with his next post on Storytelling. This week he’s giving us some insight into writing about reluctant heroes and anti-heroes in our stories. I don’t know about you but I had no idea there are so many different kinds of heroes! Have you given much thought to which type of… Read More Writing Heroes part 2 – Reluctant Heroes and Anti-Heroes
Cause and Effect in Your Story We’re continuing our series on storytelling with author Benjamin T. Collier who’s talking about cause and effect in your story. What exactly is Cause and Effect and how does it affect your story? Ben explains it clearly in this example from his blog. “… You can determine the relevance… Read More Cause and Effect In Your Story
What exactly is tension in your story, how do you write it, how important is it to your story, and how do you keep it going? Benjamin T. Collier joins us again today to help us with these questions about great storytelling. “Simply put, tension is the only reason your reader will turn the page.… Read More Writing Tension In Your Story
Consistency We continue our series with Benjamin Collier as he discusses the art of storytelling, particularly the reasons for character consistency. Here is Ben’s post on The Message in your story – part 3. “Whatever your message, make sure the story you are creating (the world, the characters, the events) is actually compatible. I’ve seen writers completely… Read More The Message In Your Story – part 3
Have you ever watched a movie from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s? What gets your knickers in a knot when you watch them? Chances are it’s something about the way we used to view life and how we treated each other. Personally, I get huffy when women are referred to as ‘the little lady’ in… Read More The Message In Your Story – part 2