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More St. Charles Academy

In Chapter 3 of St. Charles Academy, Elsy reveals a little more about Savannah. She also introduces Daniel, who seems really helpful and friendly, even if he is slightly… furry. 

Yay, Dragons!

dragonIf you love stories about dragons, or stories about royalty, you need to read The Shadow of the Mountain, written by Neve. In Chapter 2, Neve introduces her royal dragons through description, dialogue and some family conflict. You’re going to love it.

scared-man-mdNeve’s newest ongoing story, Hunger, is an incredible example of using specific descriptive words to set a mood. It made me nervous. It made me tense. It made me slightly sick to my stomach. But it was the full force of these emotions that made Neve’s story so exciting and so fun to read. This is truly captivating writing. It’s also extremely scary and gory. So if you’re not into that, or if scary stories truly scare you, I suggest you skip this one.

She’s also started another story that is a bit less scary and certainly less gory. The Shadow of the Mountain features a huge spider. (That’s the scary part. Neve’s so skilled with description that you’ll feel like the spider is right beside you. So if spiders freak you out, you’ve been warned!). Follow the link to see how Neve shares the thoughts and feelings of a spider. This is a great example of how you can climb inside a character’s mind and show readers what’s going on in there (even if the character isn’t human)!

Building Characters

show don't tellSee how Elsy uses description, dialogue, actions and reactions to show us her characters’ personalities. In Chapter 6 of Auras, Eva has friends who help her and enemies who hurt her. In Chapter 2 of St. Charles Academy, Kayla is getting to know the girls at her new school.

Notice that Elsy doesn’t label her characters – she never calls them mean or nice or sweet or snotty. Instead, she lets readers figure out what these characters are like through their actions and responses. Not only is this more entertaining, but it’s also more effective.

wowHelp me welcome our newest writer, Sohaina, by reading and commenting on this writer’s first submission, My Pets. Sohaina’s pets come from two different countries and sound like a lot of fun. Welcome to the site, Sohaina, and thanks for sharing. I hope you have a good time here. I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing!

Also…

Neve introduced a dragon to the Fantasy Group Project. (Thanks, Neve! I LOVE dragons!)

Mikaela created our second reader poll for her ongoing story, The Magic Sword of Trestia. She came up with a great question for this poll and you should go answer it now by following the link.

Elsy submitted Chapter 5 of Auras. I love how Elsy is building up to the approaching trouble from Jet and Zephyr, while also building on the trouble the main characters are currently having with their auras. Problems on so many levels makes for readers reading fast and wanting more!

Elsy has also started a new ongoing story, St. Charles Academy. You’re going to love her funny, highly-relatable main character and you’re going to love this character’s new school even more.

Lots of great writing again today! Remember to comment and let the writers know what you think.

fantasy readGo grab something good to drink then hurry and come back. There’s plenty of great fantasy to read and comment on today!

In Chapter Four of Auras, Elsy cranks up the tension by letting us see how horrible the bad guys are.

In Chapter Four of Elsy’s Marked Five, you’ll be thrilled to learn what the title of this story really means.

Neve introduces a dangerous and deadly beast in her fantasy, Flight. She also requested our first-ever reader poll. I’ve included it at the end of her submission. Please take a second to add your vote to this poll. I know she’ll appreciate it!

I love being able to share all these great ongoing stories but remember: If you’re submitting a continuation of an ongoing story, please include the story’s name. We’re getting quite the collection and it really makes it easier on me. Thanks!

Elsy suggested a fantastic addition to the site: Polls you create for your own writing submissions. This is an excellent way for you to find out how others feel about your story, submission and/or writing. You can ask readers things like: Who is your favorite character? What is your favorite chapter? What do you think should happen next? For nonfiction, you could ask questions like: What fact did you find most interesting? What new thing did you learn? What else would you like to know about this topic?

I could go on and on, but as the writer, it’s really up to you. You create the poll’s question and the answer choices, then I’ll post the poll at the end of your submission. If it’s an ongoing story, I can post the poll wherever you’d like readers to tell you what they’re thinking.

Then, you can find out how readers are responding by selecting “View Results” at the bottom of your poll whenever and as often as you’d like.

If you’d like to add a poll to your submitted writing, you’ll need to include the following:

  • One specific question – this will be the title of the poll and what readers respond to
  • A few answers for readers to choose from – three to five choices would probably be ideal; but again, it’s up to you.

Fun, right? And it’s great information for every writer to have!

Not only did Elsy come up with this great suggestion, she also added to the Mystery Group Project, giving the main character a reason for being down in the basement while continuing the eeriness introduced by Mikaela. You should go read that, then add to the story. After that? I’m looking forward to posting some great polls, so you should get busy on those, too!