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A Feel Good Story

Are you in the mood for a cute, positive story? Check out Painter Dawg submitted by Ink Wolf. Thanks for sharing Ink Wolf!

Chapter Two

Mikaela submitted Chapter Two of The Magic Sword of Trestia. She says she’s really excited about this new revision and I am, too.

Follow the link and remember to comment. I know she’d love to hear what you think!

 

 

New Poem and New Revision

In her latest poem, Friendship Garden, Mikaela brings together two of my favorite things: friends and flowers. Perfect for spring. Perfect any time.

She’s also submitted the first chapter of her latest revision of The Magic Sword of Trestia. I’m truly impressed by the journey this story has taken and the time, dedication and talent that Mikaela has put into it.

I have removed the earlier version of this story so older links to it may no longer make sense. I apologize for any confusion this may cause but I know you’re going to love this latest revision. Excellent job, Mikaela!

New Poem, New Chapter and a Readers’ Poll

read imagine exploreRead Mikaela’s Poem and the next chapter of God is Now Here by selecting the links. Both of these submissions made me smile but for very different reasons. The poem is a funny and smart explanation of how many married people stay married. The new chapter gives Tina a hard and important decision to make. It also includes a poll asking readers what choice they’d make.

Revised and Expanded

 I loved the beginning of Mikaela’s story, God is Now Hereauthor at work, and couldn’t wait for her to write more. Now that she has, I’m happy to share it here. Mikaela has done an excellent job of showing us her characters through their actions and dialogue. She’s revised Chapter One and made it even stronger. She’s continued the story with strong details, descriptions and dialogue. Her main character’s motivation to change is realistic and told well. This is a truly inspirational story. Well done, Mikaela!

New Continuing Story

planetMikaela starts her newest story, Awesome World of Randomness, saying she let her imagination run wild on this one. And run wild it did. Loaded with creativity, interesting characters and plenty of action, I highly recommend you follow the link for laugh-out-loud fun. Thanks for sharing, Mikaela!

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 Additions and One New Group Project

author at workMikaela’s been busy writing and I’m pleased to say she’s sharing it all right here. Follow the links to read the additions then leave a comment to let her know what you think. I’m sure she’d appreciate it!

Read Chapter Five in her newly revised The Magic Sword of Trestia.

Read four new entries to The Spark Diaries.

Mikaela also started a new group project about a “tweetbird’. You’ll find it under Group Projects, Humor #2. Follow the link then select “Leave a reply” to continue this story.

Incredible work, Mikaela – as always!

A Major Revision and a New Writer

thumbs up winkMikaela has done an awesome, awesome job of revising the first four chapters of her story, The Magic Sword of Trestia. Excellent job, Mikaela. I can’t wait to read the rest! By the way, I replaced the first version of this story with this new revision but I didn’t remove any of the comments. This is kind of confusing (since some of these comments no longer apply) but I didn’t want to remove the comments because they might still be helpful to Mikeala.

I’d also like to welcome our newest writers, Wilson and Georgia. Wilson and Georgia have used a random word generator to help them create This Story. (Wilson and Georgia, please supply the title for this story so I can give it its proper name.) Random word generators are a great way to get your ideas flowing. Here’s a link to the one these writers used if you’d like to give it a try: http://writingexercises.co.uk/take-three-nouns.php.

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.

Breaking Through that Writer’s Block

writer's blockAnnie Song wrote in a few days ago to say that writer’s block was keeping her from coming up with another Dust Bunnies story. I’m pleased to report she’s overcome it and equally pleased to share her newest story: The Dust Bunnies 6: The Assault. It’s entertaining, fun, and well-written. Annie Song, if you get a chance and if you’re willing, please respond to this post and let us know how you overcame the dreaded Writer’s Block.

This is How You Do It

author at workAction. Strong characters. Conflict. Trouble. Recent change and more change about to take place. All the elements you need to create a powerful beginning.

Mikaela included every one of those elements in Chapter One of God is Now Here – not an easy thing to do, and yet the writing flows so easily.

Mikaela, awesome job. Everyone else, go read this story right now. You’ll see how great beginnings keep us wanting more.

Welcome New Writer

welcome bouncy headsPlease help me welcome our newest writer to the site, WolfyAwesome. WolfyAwesome is a talented writer with a flair for descriptive language. But don’t just take my word for it. Go read WolfyAwesome’s addition to the Adventure #2 Group Project and see for yourself.

Inkwolf also shows her flair for descriptive language in her newest ongoing story, The Long Road. With mighty animals facing unknown dangers, it’s a powerful beginning to what promises to be another exciting story from Inkwolf.

Show Me, Don’t Tell Me

We read stories to experience things we might not otherwise. The more we feel like we’re there, right in the middle of the action, the better we like it and the longer we’ll remember it.

The same is true for learning about characters. We don’t want to be told what a character is like; we want to form our own opinions and figure it out for ourselves. That’s why the best way to introduce a character is to show them doing something that is typically them, then show how other characters react and respond.

mean eagleWant to see how? Read the opening scene of Mikaela’s newest story, Eagle, for a great example of how to show, not tell. Well done, Mikaela!

Pssstt…

yellow python coiledSirius uncovers a life-changing secret. Read Chapter Two of Ink Wolf’s Scales and Tails to find out what it is.

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!

Bring on the Snakes!

snakeTypically, I don’t like snakes. I didn’t like spiders either, but Inkwolf changed my mind about those eight-legged beasts in Guardians in the Window. Now she’s making me care about snakes in her newest ongoing story, Scales and Tails. How does she do it? She gives her characters strengths and weaknesses we respect, admire, and relate to, then surrounds them with problems and trouble that we understand. This is how you make a great story. This is how you make your readers care and feel and worry. Another great addition to the site. Thanks for sharing, Ink Wolf!

Spidey Sense

spiderThere’s a party going on but there’s also a decision that has to be made. Will Alleki choose to go with the Soul Takers or will his choice be made for him? Read Chapter Four of Ink Wolf’s Guardians in the Window to find out.

It’s Fun; It’s Funny

ninjaNeve’s Ninjaz are back! With help from her brother Finley, Neve’s made sure these ninjaz will make you grin and make you giggle. Follow the link, The Secret Life of Ninjaz to follow their latest adventures.

Short but Powerful

mountainsNight Wolf uses compelling and solid imagery to show readers the power of God in the story, God’s Mysterious Ways.

Looking for Your Advice

adviceMikaela is revising The Magic Sword of Trestia and is looking for advice. Follow the link, read what’s there and let her know what you think! You can comment here or there.

Powerful Beginning

curiosityElsy keeps up the mystery and intrigue as she introduces her characters in the first chapter of Connie. She gives us just enough to give us an idea of what they’re like but she also lets us know that something’s not quite normal about these girls. Since Elsy doesn’t come right out and tell us what’s up, readers are sure to keep reading. It’s compelling and intriguing and a great example of building readers’ curiosity, all coming together to make a powerful opening.

New Story

hookLooking for an example of how to hook your reader right from the very beginning? Read the prologue of Elsy’s newest story, Connie. It’s intriguing. Mysterious. Yet somehow relatable. Great job, Elsy.

Looking for Plot Twist Suggestions

twisted pencilInk Wolf shared Chapter 3 of Guardians in the Window. Now she’s looking for a twist for Chapter 4. I’m sure she’d appreciate your suggestions, so follow this link and look for her comment about plot twists. Scroll to the end of the comments to find it.

When imaginations come together. . . cool things happen

surprising elementsMikaela’s been busy! She’s added to several group projects, including:

two stanzas to the group poem Unicorn

three trials to the Fantasy group project

and… and…

well, she also added quite a fantasy element to the Historical Fiction #2 group project. A bit unexpected. But it also struck me as extremely funny because.. well, because it was so unexpected! You should check it out. Maybe you could add more elements from other genres to this story? I think it’d be fun to mesh all the genres together. Fun to write. Fun to read. Of course, as always, it’s all up to you guys. (But I think you should do it. Really. Please?)

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