Bridge to Story

Lesson Category: Starting

With lessons on starting a new story, this category jumpstarts your first writing effort. A great starting-place for nervous beginners.

  1. Week 1: How to Look at Your Own Work Toggle
  2. Week 1: How to Look at Your Own Work
    If you’ve got writing prompt exercises lying around, take things to the next level. Jumpstart all your drabbles or snippets with this lesson.
  3. Week 2: Bio into Fiction Toggle
  4. Week 2: Bio into Fiction
    This lesson illustrates why you don't want to tell the truth and nothing but the truth in telling your fictionalized tale.
  5. Week 11: Lying, Stealing and Cheating Toggle
  6. Week 11: Lying, Stealing and Cheating
    You want to begin but you’re not sure how. Here are three very sneaky ways to get your writing going.
  7. Week 12: Opening with Intensity Toggle
  8. Week 12: Opening with Intensity
    Here’s a tip: finding that intense opening in what you already have is as important as struggling to write one to begin with.
  9. Week 14: A Dozen Ways to Start a Short Story Toggle
  10. Week 14: A Dozen Ways to Start a Short Story
    How many possible ways can you start a story? Or a scene for that matter? Are there tricks to starting? We help with that here.
  11. Week 17: When Your Words Don't Make the Best Impression Toggle
  12. Week 17: When Your Words Don't Make the Best Impression
    We all want our words to sound the best. But, sometimes trying too hard (being too writer-ly) makes for poor writing.
  13. Week 18: Hunt for Run-on Clauses Toggle
  14. Week 18: Hunt for Run-on Clauses
    Get out the red pen! This time we’re adding a little something to avoid the dreaded run-on clause.
  15. Week 24: Start It Up Toggle
  16. Week 24: Start It Up
    If you don’t limber up by planning your work in some way you can end up short of what you think is a finished piece.
  17. Week 51: Types of Stories to Tell Toggle
  18. Week 51: Types of Stories to Tell
    Run an inventory of your works in progress – what type of story are you currently – or not – working on?