Bridge to Story

Lesson Category: Story Elements

This lesson category will help writers who want to apply storytelling skills to what they write, here’s the elusiveness of storytelling made understandable.

  1. Week 6: How to Be More Sense-ative Toggle
  2. Week 6: How to Be More Sense-ative
    If you show with senses rather than with extra exposition that can be removed, you begin writing a faster, tighter read: right now.
  3. Week 7: The Special Case of Dialogue and Senses Toggle
  4. Week 7: The Special Case of Dialogue and Senses
    Surprise: the best way to use Dialogue Attributes (speech tags) is not to tell the reader someone said something.
  5. Week 13: What to Write About? Toggle
  6. Week 13: What to Write About?
    ‘What should I write?’ Choosing your own story is one idea, but that material needs to be filled in with high-grade fiction.
  7. Week 15: What is a Story Arc? Toggle
  8. Week 15: What is a Story Arc?
    Arcs happen all over the place in fiction. Characters have arcs. Scenes should as well. The overall story has the biggest arc of all.
  9. Week 23: Going Beyond Gut Wrenching Emotion Toggle
  10. Week 23: Going Beyond Gut Wrenching Emotion
    Try reaching down and underneath, where the sense memories are. Bring up something with emotion. Not just detailing something emotional.
  11. Week 26: Short Stories and Endings Toggle
  12. Week 26: Short Stories and Endings
    The difference in where you end your story is Plot vs. Premise. A premise is a "What if" question. Plot shows motivations and outcomes.
  13. Week 33: Finding Your Characters Toggle
  14. Week 33: Finding Your Characters
    However you wish to build your characters there are still steps to be taken to create characters that are "alive". Begin here.
  15. Week 34: The Visceral, Physical and Visual Toggle
  16. Week 34: The Visceral, Physical and Visual
    Whether you write a short story or a novel your words must work to get the visual, physical, and visceral on the page.
  17. Week 35: Change in the Novel, Choice in the Short Story Toggle
  18. Week 35: Change in the Novel, Choice in the Short Story
    Choice can be quiet, not always a large, dramatic thing. Chance only needs to come about, not to shout it is here.
  19. Week 38: 'Absolutely' Better Writing Toggle
  20. Week 38: 'Absolutely' Better Writing
    Adding ‘Absolutes’ to your existing sentences move your work from telling into showing. That’s the main reason for adding words to a story.
  21. Week 43: Metaphors and Similes Toggle
  22. Week 43: Metaphors and Similes
    The best use of metaphor or simile is to illustrate something. Not, at the need of a line, to explain ‘how something is like’.
  23. Week 47: Premise vs. Plot Toggle
  24. Week 47: Premise vs. Plot
    A premise is an idea that asks, “What if…?” A plot is your answer to that first “What if?” question and any that follow.
  25. Week 48: What Do You Plan On Writing? Toggle
  26. Week 48: What Do You Plan On Writing?
    Having a plan about what to write gets you closer to beginning your story. With an outline or not, have some idea of where you’ll go.
  27. Week 52: You’ve Crossed the Bridge to Story Toggle
  28. Week 52: You’ve Crossed the Bridge to Story
    You've made it through a year of weekly topics, learned ways of better writing, of less Reader-Feeder, of opening choices and manuscript formatting.