Bridge to Story

Lesson Category: Craft Basics

This lesson category will help writers who want to ‘know’ before they start. The tips here bring your writing up to speed quickly.

  1. Week 4: Craft Basics - the Big Half Dozen & Some Little Stuff Toggle
  2. Week 5: Who's On First? Toggle
  3. Week 5: Who's On First?
    Now what’s so important about using an antecedent? The importance is in how these words are left off or misused in writing.
  4. Week 8: The Pitfalls of Under and Overwriting Toggle
  5. Week 8: The Pitfalls of Under and Overwriting
    In this lesson, we’ll look at examples of over and under writing and ferret out a ‘weak verb’ tendency that most novices fall into using.
  6. Week 9: How To Show It, When To Tell It Toggle
  7. Week 9: How To Show It, When To Tell It
    By showing your reader scenes, you'll always get someone to turn a page. Telling (reporting) everything to your readers, page after page, might disengage them.
  8. Week 10: Reader Feeder & Information Dumps Toggle
  9. Week 10: Reader Feeder & Information Dumps
    Get your story info to the reader by letting the story reveal (via characters actions, reactions and dialog) the why and how of their backstory.
  10. Week 16: Writing With Words That Aren't Yours Toggle
  11. Week 16: Writing With Words That Aren't Yours
    Search for phrases that are filler. Words that are strings of automatic sayings, hooked to your writing like boxcar after boxcar.
  12. Week 19: Running on About Run-ons Toggle
  13. Week 19: Running on About Run-ons
    Here, using three simple tests, we work with the over use conjunctions, prepositions, and commas.
  14. Week 27: From Fancy to Precise Toggle
  15. Week 27: From Fancy to Precise
    This lesson deals with adjectives, adverbs and precision. We'll learn the tricks to putting away the fancy, and finding the precise.
  16. Week 28: More on Turning Work into Something Precise Toggle
  17. Week 28: More on Turning Work into Something Precise
    Work for precision by trimming the ‘given’ from lines. Context of other lines usually fixes the need to report so much stuff to the reader.
  18. Week 29: Changes To Make In Sentence Structure Toggle
  19. Week 29: Changes To Make In Sentence Structure
    Try the task of taking your words from Telling to Showing by how you structure your story facts in their lines.
  20. Week 30: Articles Vs. Pronouns Toggle
  21. Week 30: Articles Vs. Pronouns
    These are the smallest of changes in edits you might consider, but they change your work in very strong ways.
  22. Week 31: Mixing Up What is Doing and Done Toggle
  23. Week 31: Mixing Up What is Doing and Done
    When the Doing and the Doer don’t agree a simple fix might be asking some questions about what you’re seeing in your mind.
  24. Week 32: The Last Adverb Search Toggle
  25. Week 32: The Last Adverb Search
    Some verbs might sound lame, off, plain, or boring. And instead of adverbial misdirection or camouflage we should be working to better our verb choices.
  26. Week 39: Fixing a Clunky Sentence Toggle
  27. Week 39: Fixing a Clunky Sentence
    Capturing images seems easy enough, but trying, we fail most times. And we end up reading back clunky words that seem tongue-tied on the page.
  28. Week 40: The Red Flag Quick Check List Toggle
  29. Week 40: The Red Flag Quick Check List
    Remember: Not all problems need to be fixed right as you find them. You’re better off spotting things to change before making changes.
  30. Week 41: Weeding Out the Un-needed Words Toggle
  31. Week 41: Weeding Out the Un-needed Words
    Writing in weaker state-of-being verbs keeps us away from what we want to get across. Some usage works well. Too much short-changes your readers.
  32. Week 42: Sentence Structure Toggle
  33. Week 42: Sentence Structure
    Same sentence length and structure for three or more consecutive sentences is a sign that you might consider varying how you usually write your sentences.
  34. Week 45: Standard Editing Questions Toggle
  35. Week 45: Standard Editing Questions
    How to set up your manuscript pages, and then how to question what you have there on those pages for better edits.