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How to Start a Story

great jobBeginnings can be tricky because you have to decide what information to share and what to hold back. You want to tell your readers enough so they’ll understand the type of story you’re going to tell but you also want to hold back some secrets to keep them reading. If you’d like to see a well-written example of what to include in the beginning of your story, read Mikaela’s prologue for God is Now Here. She includes everything a good beginning should include and she does it in less than a page. Well done, Mikaela!

Mikaela also added to the group Mystery story and it’s getting really, really good. You should go read that too. Then add to it because I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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More Great Writing, More Great Stories

penguin-with-booksAre you looking for some fantasy? Magic? Mystery? Great characters and exciting situations? I hope so because you’ve just found it, all right here and all thanks to Elsy, who’s apparently just as busy writing as Neve. Impressive and inspiring. I’m so glad you’ve all found the site and continue to share your writing and imaginations here.

So let’s get to it. Here’s some brief descriptions and the links to Elsy’s latest submissions:

In Chapter 7 of St. Charles Academy, the girls get their dorm assignments. Click the link to find out why Savannah is not happy about hers.

Read Chapter 9 of Marked Five and meet the new character who might change everything.

Then check out Elsy’s newest story, K.M.A., to see how she sets up an interesting, surprising situation in just a few words of dialogue and a great ending line that’s guaranteed to make you want more.

The Trilogy Begins

mystery storyElsy shared Chapter 1 of her Trilogy. I’m sure you’ll love the characters in this story and there’s plenty of unanswered questions to keep you reading more. My favorite part is the way she ended the chapter with a few words of dialogue that sum up what happened while also deepening the mystery and creating concern for her main character.

The Mystery Continues

mysteryMikaela added to the Mystery Group Project by having the strange female figure speak. 

A FANTASTIC Idea and More Mystery, Too!

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!

Welcome New Writer

pencilMegan N. shared her talent on All Write with Me today and I’m so glad she did. She’s been busy, too. Read her additions to the site by clicking on the following links – also, let her know what you think by posting a comment, or two, or three.

Better yet, let her know what you think, then add your own imagination to the Group Projects stories – everyone’s additions are welcome, including and especially yours.

Welcome, Megan. I admire your imagination and am so happy you found us!

P.S. This is not really a picture of Megan’s pencil. I’m sure she doesn’t bite hers. I picked this image because I’m assuming that if she does use pencils, she uses them until they’re gone. Like this one.

Now, on to the links:

For Plots – great ideas

Group Projects

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