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My Notes on Writing Fiction

Elements of Fiction

Narration
Dialogue
Dramatic action

Think first of problems, conflict, struggle and the stalwart trials of your hero or heroine.

Plot

The plot is the plan, the design, or the blueprint for the story. It provides the superstructure for constructing a beautiful piece of art. They don’t happen without effort and are built into the story like studdings in the wall of a house. The bigger the problem, the more heroic your lead character will be as he or she faces and solves the problem.

Items your plot must contain:
1. Abstract values which show the triumph of good over evil in the major conflict.
2. Contrasting characters in the story action, each strongly motivated in his efferts to achieve a definate goal.
3. And urgent must with an obvious can’t.
4. A situation which appears insoluable, followed by an ingenious solution which is believable though surprising.
5. A moral theme or an unstated premise to which the story serves as a sort of parable.
6. A special feature ingredient for a fresh angle.
7. My own expression of the subject matter, the era, area, and characters of the story.

Types of Conflict

  1. Person vs Nature
    Person vs Complication such as hidden clues which hinder solving a crime
    3. Person vs Person
    4. Person vs Himself such as two or more desires tearing at his heart. The stronger the conflict, the greater the chance of a sale.
  2. Name and race
    Outstanding features
    3. Kind of clothing worn
    4. Food he likes
    5. State of health
    6. Hobbies
    7. Sports
    8. Work
    9. Family
    10. Appearence of his house
    11. Education
    12. Ambitions
    13. Wants
    14. Fears
    15. Money
    16. Friends
    17. Things read
    18. Music
    19. Like flowers? Yes or no
    20. Travel
    21. Love
    22. Political convictions
    23. Religion
    24. What makes him or her appealing
    25. Biggest problem

Questions you must be able to answer about your characters before you write about them

My Notes on Writing Fiction 10/29/14

Style

Cultivate a simple style.
Use forceful verbs instead of adjetives and adverbs.
Use words that paint a picture by describing things the reader can hear and feel, taste, touch, and smell. Example: sand dunes etched by the wind.
The use of resemblence will give your writing power and make it engaging.

Metaphor: an implied comparison Example: He had a heart of stone.

Simile: an expressed comparison or simularity between two different things or ideas using the word like.

Onomatopoeia: the technique of forming nsmes or words by imitating the sound associated with the thing designated.

Alliteration: repeating the same first sound in a group of wo0rds or line of poetry. Don’t overdo it.

Watch antecendents of pronouns. Make sure the pronoun agrees with its anticendents in number and gender. Who actually did what?

Use fewer words. Boil down rambling phrases to a single shot.

Use variety in your vocabulary. Edit out of your final draft trite expressions that weaken your point. Drop the adverb very from your vocabulary. Replace ordinary or weak words with stimulating new ones. Make sure they say precisely what you want them to say.

Use contractions.

Be personable. Avoid the use of must and should.

Get rid of gobblegook.  (mental drunkeness)  Simplify, simplify, simplify.

Use active voice: You can usually turn a passive sentence end to end to make it active. The difference between saying, “Thes notes were made by Allison Kohn,” and, “Allison Kohn made these notes.”

Polish your lead.
Introgative lead
Shocking statement lead
Anecdotal lead
Declarative lead
Bizarre lead
Suspenseful lead

My notes on writing fiction

Adding Interest

Add interest to the story with a mental picture of the enviroment.
Introduce color with the physical location.
Use the mental reactions of the characters to create atmosphere.

Add variety by using narriation, description, and dialogue judiciousely. Weave required narriation with a light touch into the fabric of the tale as it progresses and use a sure hand with color and contrast.

Prepare for finality so that when it comes it will be believable. It must satisfy the reader even when it leaves the door open for the next book in a series.

Craftsmanship

Structere: the story is an organic creation consisting of parts put together for a desired effect with definate plans. The author must not only put the parts together for the desired effect, but the author must design the plan.

Analysis: competent criticism, by the author, will point to the strengths and weaknesses of the story.

Form: Use a predetermined technical method of construction. What parts compose the story?

Theme: What is the story intended to accomplish when it is finished? Example: The story is about the family’s transition from social butterflies in the east ot town builders in the west.

Motif: a declaration of the author’s purpose; a simple proverb or tag. Example: The Lord sometimes takes us into troubled waters – not to drown us – but to cleanse us.

The outline will illistrate the motif.

Notes on writing fiction

Characterization

Draw a true portrait of people and leave it to the reader to draw cxonclusions about their morals.
See humans as they really are and indulge in no conscious distortion.
Empathize with every character you write about. Put yourself in his or her shoes and feel with them.Not sympathy or admiration, but profound understanding.
Each character must act in strict consistence with his or her assigned characteristice.
Abserve and record without assignment of moral values.
Be able to write a complete author biography of every character you write about.
Draw an emotional response, from reader to character, from the first page of the story.
Give yoursef equally to each character you create.

My Notes On Writing

Notes on writing fiction

My first duty as a writer is to make myself understood: therefore, I must understand first what it is I am trying to do and what is the best method for success.

First, My writning must be clear. I musn write with a definate purpose and a clear idea of the method by which I can best express my purpose.

  1. Work to an ordered plan which eliminates all the details that aren’t esential.
  2. Use clear, straight forward expression and choose words which never become vague or confusing.
  3. Simplicity is essential to cleaity.If words don’t add anything to the scene, don’t use them..
  4. Be consistent. Characters need to grow, but they will always have the personality they were born with.
  5. Unity makes the story “hang together” and revels a consistent purpose – a beginning, middle, and ending that are in agreement.
  6. There must be a single emotional effect.
  7. It must have the indespensable illusion of reality.
  8. Nothing in the story must contridict known scientific fact.

The greatest writers of fiction donot have a distorted view or judgment. They “delibertly refrain from the creation of propaganda; [they] accept life as a whole, and within the strict limitations of their subject matter attempt to portray the whole of life as a rounded experience without undue insistence on the values of either high light or shadow; writers who are almost wholly detached from judgment, and whose sympathies are broad enough, deep enough, with understanding ready enough, to embrace the whole of life in every possible manifestation.” “Advanced Fiction Writing” Course, Section II Essential Qualities of The Storypage 109

Review

My Review of
The Last Ember
by
Daneil Levin

A young American lawyer and former doctoral student in classics, Jonathan Martin, is summoned to Rome to examine a client’s ancient artifact and with a map of ancient Rome discovers secrets that will keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat from start to finish. The author has a flare for storytelling and did his research well. If you like history, adventure, mysteries, or thrillers you’ll love this book.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I went to Grand Junction yesterday for two doctor appointments.I got two growths on my septum removed in the morning. I was in a lot of pain by the time I got the the eye doctor – both doctors were very nice and did a good job. Then, on the seven hour drive home – most of it waiting in line behind other cars for traffic to move a few yards while they investigated and cleared an accident, or intentional homicide, up ahead. By the time we got home my breathing was blocked by dried blood – but you didn’t need to know that did you – and the pain was almost gone, so I was thanking God for his blessings. I cleaned the red and brown up and went to bed. The purpose of this long, drawn out, maybe boring story is to say that I never got on the internet or did any writing yesterday and hope today will be better. I was going to say more productive , but yesterday was very productive. The surgeon said she would refer me to an ENT specialist and the Eye doctor assured me muscular degeneration was minimal and my eyes hadn’t been affected by diabetes. So, all in all, it was worth the pain, etc. and the day was good.   

Writer’s Blog Tour, Tuesday, August 26 2014

Posted by Allison Kohn in Blog tours ≈

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Books by Allison Kohn
The first five books in the Baker Family Saga
Evelyn's Anxious Bench
Day by Day
Angels, Eagles, and Fire
Deep Trouble
Banner of Love
Other fiction
Are The Stars Out Tonight
Dream Interpreter
Non-fiction
Birth Pnags, Not Death Throes
Running The Race As A Winner
Evidence For The Existence of God
I am truly honored that Jackie Coote at: http://www.amazon.com/Jacqueline-Coote/e/B00D3KD9ZM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1


asked me if I would like to join this Blog tour. It is truly a pleasure to tell you about my work and answer the four questions. The link to my amazon site is: http://www.amazon.com/Allison-Kohn/e/B008AC5XWK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1406403806&sr=1-2-ent

and you can find out more about my writing at: http://www.allisonkohn.com

1. What am I working on?
I am working on a story about twins separated at birth, neither with any knowledge of the other. This was originally a short story I wrote for a writing class. I think by the time I rework it and build on it a little more it will make a nice book.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work differs from others in the Genre of Christian because, for one thing, I write both fiction and non-fiction, and because it is expressed through my personality. I love science and history and since they are part of me, they are also part of my writing. My writing expresses my life and the way I react to life; therefore, my writing is an expression of me as a Christian.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do to express myself and the joy I find in my God. The joy of the Lord is my strength – and that’s not just a cliché. I love science, so I write about science. The same goes for history.
4. How does my writing process work?
I write, re-write and go back and re-write again. I have been proofing the previous day’s writing before I start the day’s writing because my fingers and the word processor aren’t always my friends. I use the thesaurus a lot because my memory doesn’t work as well as it did when I was younger – and spell check sometimes gets the wrong word with the right spelling.

My WordPress blog is: https://akleslieprice.wordpress.com

My face book page: https://www.facebook.com/akleslieprice?ref_type=bookmark

Author Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but Paula Rose also plays amateur photographer. She’s from Philadelphia and lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and rescue kitty.
1. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Rose-Books/1514088292150972

2. http://paularosebooks.com/

Rev. Roger Wolsey is an ordained United Methodist pastor who serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He’s the author of “Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity.” Roger blogs for Patheos as “The Holy Kiss,” Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post.
Blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogerwolsey/

book: http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com

Ruthie Madison grew up in California for most of her life. Her hardships and circumstances are the reason for her strong faith. She says, “Without Jesus in my life, I would not be here today.” She is a devoted daughter and sister to her mother and sister. When she isn’t writing, she helps with taking care of her widowed mother and does some of the chores around the house. Ruthie Madison has published five books (two are self published): A Second Chance At Love, The Past Hunter:When the Past Comes Calling and most recently Purify My Heart. Ruthie’s books are mostly suspense fiction all with a Christian Message. http://www.ruthiemadison.webs.com
Order Ruthie’s books at:
http://www.amazon.com/Ruthie-Madison/e/B00713F1MG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1408548946&sr=1-2-ent

 

 

Writer’s Blog Tour – Allison Kohn 25 Monday August 2014

Posted by Allison Kohn in Blog tours ≈

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Tags
Books by Allison Kohn
The first five books in the Baker Family Saga
Evelyn's Anxious Bench
Day by Day
Angels, Eagles, and Fire
Deep Trouble
Banner of Love
Other fiction
Are The Stars Out Tonight
Dream Interpreter
Non-fiction
Birth Pnags, Not Death Throes
Running The Race As A Winner
Evidence For The Existence of God
I am truly honored that Jackie Coote at: http://www.amazon.com/Jacqueline-Coote/e/B00D3KD9ZM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1


asked me if I would like to join this Blog tour. It is truly a pleasure to tell you about my work and answer the four questions. The link to my amazon site is: http://www.amazon.com/Allison-Kohn/e/B008AC5XWK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1406403806&sr=1-2-ent

and you can find out more about my writing at: http://www.allisonkohn.com

1. What am I working on?
I am working on a story about twins separated at birth, neither with any knowledge of the other. This was originally a short story I wrote for a writing class. I think by the time I rework it and build on it a little more it will make a nice book.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work differs from others in the Genre of Christian because, for one thing, I write both fiction and non-fiction, and because it is expressed through my personality. I love science and history and since they are part of me, they are also part of my writing. My writing expresses my life and the way I react to life; therefore, my writing is an expression of me as a Christian.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do to express myself and the joy I find in my God. The joy of the Lord is my strength – and that’s not just a cliché. I love science, so I write about science. The same goes for history.
4. How does my writing process work?
I write, re-write and go back and re-write again. I have been proofing the previous day’s writing before I start the day’s writing because my fingers and the word processor aren’t always my friends. I use the thesaurus a lot because my memory doesn’t work as well as it did when I was younger – and spell check sometimes gets the wrong word with the right spelling.

My WordPress blog is: https://akleslieprice.wordpress.com

My face book page: https://www.facebook.com/akleslieprice?ref_type=bookmark

Author Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but Paula Rose also plays amateur photographer. She’s from Philadelphia and lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and rescue kitty.
1. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Rose-Books/1514088292150972

2. http://paularosebooks.com/

Rev. Roger Wolsey is an ordained United Methodist pastor who serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He’s the author of “Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity.” Roger blogs for Patheos as “The Holy Kiss,” Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post.
Blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogerwolsey/

book: http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com

Ruthie Madison grew up in California for most of her life. Her hardships and circumstances are the reason for her strong faith. She says, “Without Jesus in my life, I would not be here today.” She is a devoted daughter and sister to her mother and sister. When she isn’t writing, she helps with taking care of her widowed mother and does some of the chores around the house. Ruthie Madison has published five books (two are self published): A Second Chance At Love, The Past Hunter:When the Past Comes Calling and most recently Purify My Heart. Ruthie’s books are mostly suspense fiction all with a Christian Message. http://www.ruthiemadison.webs.com
Order Ruthie’s books at:
http://www.amazon.com/Ruthie-Madison/e/B00713F1MG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1408548946&sr=1-2-ent

 

 

Writer’s Blog Tour – Allison Kohn 25 Monday August 2014

Posted by Allison Kohn in Blog tours ≈

Leave a Reply

Tags
Books by Allison Kohn
The first five books in the Baker Family Saga
Evelyn's Anxious Bench
Day by Day
Angels, Eagles, and Fire
Deep Trouble
Banner of Love
Other fiction
Are The Stars Out Tonight
Dream Interpreter
Non-fiction
Birth Pnags, Not Death Throes
Running The Race As A Winner
Evidence For The Existence of God
I am truly honored that Jackie Coote at: http://www.amazon.com/Jacqueline-Coote/e/B00D3KD9ZM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1


asked me if I would like to join this Blog tour. It is truly a pleasure to tell you about my work and answer the four questions. The link to my amazon site is: http://www.amazon.com/Allison-Kohn/e/B008AC5XWK/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1406403806&sr=1-2-ent

and you can find out more about my writing at: http://www.allisonkohn.com

1. What am I working on?
I am working on a story about twins separated at birth, neither with any knowledge of the other. This was originally a short story I wrote for a writing class. I think by the time I rework it and build on it a little more it will make a nice book.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My work differs from others in the Genre of Christian because, for one thing, I write both fiction and non-fiction, and because it is expressed through my personality. I love science and history and since they are part of me, they are also part of my writing. My writing expresses my life and the way I react to life; therefore, my writing is an expression of me as a Christian.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write what I do to express myself and the joy I find in my God. The joy of the Lord is my strength – and that’s not just a cliché. I love science, so I write about science. The same goes for history.
4. How does my writing process work?
I write, re-write and go back and re-write again. I have been proofing the previous day’s writing before I start the day’s writing because my fingers and the word processor aren’t always my friends. I use the thesaurus a lot because my memory doesn’t work as well as it did when I was younger – and spell check sometimes gets the wrong word with the right spelling.

My WordPress blog is: https://akleslieprice.wordpress.com

My face book page: https://www.facebook.com/akleslieprice?ref_type=bookmark

Author Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but Paula Rose also plays amateur photographer. She’s from Philadelphia and lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and rescue kitty.
1. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paula-Rose-Books/1514088292150972

2. http://paularosebooks.com/

Rev. Roger Wolsey is an ordained United Methodist pastor who serves as the director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He’s the author of “Kissing Fish: christianity for people who don’t like christianity.” Roger blogs for Patheos as “The Holy Kiss,” Elephant Journal, and Huffington Post.
Blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogerwolsey/

book: http://www.progressivechristianitybook.com

Ruthie Madison grew up in California for most of her life. Her hardships and circumstances are the reason for her strong faith. She says, “Without Jesus in my life, I would not be here today.” She is a devoted daughter and sister to her mother and sister. When she isn’t writing, she helps with taking care of her widowed mother and does some of the chores around the house. Ruthie Madison has published five books (two are self published): A Second Chance At Love, The Past Hunter:When the Past Comes Calling and most recently Purify My Heart. Ruthie’s books are mostly suspense fiction all with a Christian Message. http://www.ruthiemadison.webs.com
Order Ruthie’s books at:
http://www.amazon.com/Ruthie-Madison/e/B00713F1MG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1408548946&sr=1-2-ent