Shape Your Story, Part One: Summon the Primary Teacher in Yourself / Guest Post by Carrie Charley Brown


GUEST POST By Carrie Charley Brown

As writers, we are the teachers grading our own papers. Constantly. It’s hard to know when to STOP grading. Outside of writing, teaching is an actual profession for me. It tends to leak into every aspect of my life and it’s hard to shut off that part of my being. On one hand, it can make me a crazy perfectionist. On the other hand, it can help me fine-tune my writing in simple ways that even make sense to children.

Today my goal is to offer a primary teaching tool that will shape your writing from the start. Whether you are a “write first and deal with the results later” type of writer, or a “plan it first and then write” type of writer, this simple tool will work both ways.

Let’s journey back to first grade and reveal the basics. I write children’s…

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Begin With The End In Mind-Great Writerly Advice

S.M. Nystoriak's Writer's Block

As a writer, I like to think of myself as a plotter with pantsing tendencies. I suppose, who isn’t? But I am not the sort of writer who can easily pants my way through writing a section if I don’t know where I’m headed.

Case in point, I spent the better part of a year working on my 2013 NaNo. I was in love with the idea. I had a set of cool characters, and an intriguing story idea that was truly “out there”. Problem was I couldn’t see the end. Not really. I was meandering through the character’s lives creating scenarios for them that didn’t seem to lead to any closure. Conflict was there, sure, but no closure. I still am in love with the story idea. My characters for that one are still close to me. But it just wasn’t happening. It saddened me that these characters were…

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