Coaching sharpens storytelling craft & style. See your story shine. All genres, memoir. Novice writers spend a lot of time reading how-to books and attending workshops and classes. A lot of these offer exercises, story starters and prompts to try out your writing skills.
Write ten opening lines
Keep a list of unusual names for future characters
Write a paragraph beginning with the phrase _____
But if you exercise then set aside your resulting work in notebooks and journal you will never discover where those exercises might take you. In this lesson we’ll take the steps of looking at your own work and expanding your exercises by questioning them. The goal is reviewing with an eye for turning exercises into scenes, short stories or novels; by looking at your work and taking the next step: reworking exercises to actually writing more.
Seeing is believing. The example linked to this week’s lesson is written by real novice writers. See where they began and how they worked the lessons in a before and after editing example. This Lesson’s Examples.
The exercises linked to this week's lesson are based on several resources. For each fiction lesson we present a specific exercise. We also provide links to help you build a personal library of How-to books by wonderful authors. This Lesson's Exercise.