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More Trestia and a Reader Poll

voteMikaela has created several interesting and exciting characters in The Magic Sword of Trestia and she’d like to know which one is your favorite. Read her newest chapter, Chapter Six, then answer the poll that follows this chapter.

Two Awesome Stories

Two talented writers are back on the site, sharing two powerful stories.

In The Spark Diaries, Mikaela shares a complex world of her creation through several characters’ diaries. Her excellent use of dialogue not only shows us how this world operates but also how each character feels about it. In just a few short segments, the beginning of The Spark Diaries imparts lots of interesting information in a dynamic, captivating way.

Annie Song also uses different characters and snappy dialogue to share information and ramp up the action in The Dust Bunnies 7 – The Real Enemy. In this story, the team grows from an unexpected source after the real enemy is revealed.

I’m certain you’ll enjoy both stories, so go read them now and remember to comment.

More than One Narrator

groupIf you’d like to read a fun example of a young writer using more than one narrator to tell a story, go to Elsy’s K.M.A. It’s funny, it’s entertaining, it’s exciting. And she’s done an excellent job of changing voice and perspective when she switches narrators. You’ll learn a lot from this one!

Building Characters, Setting Moods & Adding to Group Projects

kid at computer cuteThis clip art is what I imagine Neve looks like when she’s writing – I have no idea what she really looks like but I’m betting she attacks her computer like this. She’s been busy!

If you love/need/have to write, chances are you have characters talking in your head all the time. I think most writers do. Today, Neve has shared several characters that fill her mind and you’ll be glad she did. Because they’re hilarious. For a good time and a good laugh, check out The Secret Life of Ninjaz. And please, do Neve and me a favor by leaving a comment. I love the way she’s telling this story and I’d love to know what you think. I’m sure Neve would love to know, too. She’d also like you to answer a poll on which character you like best. Follow the link and you’ll find the poll.

If you’re in the mood for something scary, check out The Hellcreature, also submitted by Neve. It amazes me that Neve submitted such completely different stories with completely different tones on the same day. The Ninjaz will make you laugh; the Hellcreature will make you shiver. That’s the power of words, y’all!

And if that isn’t enough, Neve also added to the Humor Group Project by answering what IT is.

Thanks, Neve, for giving us so many great things to read today!

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.

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