Read Across America

Children's Fiction, Culture, General, Make it Monday, Personal Thoughts, Self-care, Storytelling, Writing Spot

One Fish, Two Fish… Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Theodor Geisel would be 116 years old. This master of the creative word left us a treasury of stories for both young and old. From learning one’s ABC’s to recognizing that a person’s a person no matter how small to the possibility that a grinch’s heart can grow three sizes in one day.

The Writer’s Advent: Love

Bible, Culture, Holidays, Personal Thoughts, Storytelling, Thoughts on Writing, Writing Spot

Love. What better topic to cover during this Christmas Season? As writers, we cover the topic of love from many different angles. It’s a desire that drives a character to good or evil. The reason behind a character’s action. Of course, there’s romantic love. So what makes Christmas Love even more special?

How to Keep Writing through 5 Common Roadblocks

Storytelling, Thoughts on Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Spot

Have you ever found yourself staring at a blank page, a deadline screaming in your ear? Or been in the middle of a story, essay, or assignment and wondered how to get out of the dead spot in the middle? Here are a few tips that can help keep you writing.

Story Types: The Novel

Middle Grade, Storytelling, The Vanishing Kidnapper, Thoughts on Writing, Writing Resources, Writing Spot, Young Adult

Two weeks ago, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story types are there?

This is a more complex answer than it may appear. On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. We began with short story lengths. Last week, we explored novellas. And today, we will talk about the novel. That will lead into a discussion about National Novel Writing Month.

Story Types: Novellas

Choices Amid the Trees, Novellas, Storytelling, Thoughts on Writing, Writing Spot

Last week, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story are there?

This is a more complex answer than it may appear.On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. Last week, we began with short story lengths. Today, we will explore story lengths that land between novel and short story. Next week, we will talk about the novel. That will lead into a discussion about National Novel Writing Month.

Story Types: Short Stories

Short Stories, Storytelling, Thoughts on Writing, Writing Spot

A question I have been asked of late is, how does the industry define various story lengths? Or, perhaps more specifically, other than a novel, what types of story writing are there?

This is a more complex answer than it may appear.On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. This week, we will begin small with short story lengths.Next week, we will explore story lengths that land between novel and short story. Finally, we will talk about the novel. That will lead into a discussion about National Novel Writing Month. Stay tuned!

Mystery, Suspense, and their Definitions

Novels, Storytelling, Thoughts on Writing, Writing Spot

The past few weeks, I’ve been doing research on genres. Specifically the difference between mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. All of these are often found under the greater umbrella of crime fiction, but lately, mysteries have come to stand on their own. Thrillers can also be tied to horror and suspense is often left in the dark. So, what is the best way to define these genres?

A Gathering of Authors this Saturday!

Novels, Storytelling, The Vanishing Kidnapper, Updates, Writing Spot

As promised, here are the finer details for the Gathering of Authors this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. come to the Wisconsin Downtown Open House. In Plymouth, there will be a variety of events, including a gathering of several local authors who will share their books with visitors.