Category: Wordcrafters

The Art of the Thriller

Republished and abridged from John Reed’s website. Visit https://www.johnreedbooks.com/help-for-writers for more. Four words should be posted above your desk as you write your thriller: TIME IS RUNNING OUT. Here are some of the conventions of the genre: 1. In a thriller, people confront problems unsolvable by institutions or agencies. No 911, no psychiatrist. 2. The […]

15th Night Contest Details

Contest opens: February 10, 2020 Contest closes: March 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm Winner announced: April 3, 2020 at Hack for a Cause in Eugene Prize: $1000 and publication in the 15th Night story project No entry fee Open to residents of Oregon Sponsored by 15th Night, City of Eugene, Turell Group, and Wordcrafters in […]

Story Elements

GOALS The goal of this story is to help 8th graders understand what it’s like for youth to experience homelessness and the many challenges and choices that someone faces when they live on the streets. The story will ideally take our reader-protagonists from that first night through the 15th night of leaving home, with challenges […]

Meet Eric Witchey

Award-winning writer Eric Witchey’s background in theoretical linguistics, course development, and creative writing combine with over 27 years of full-time freelance experience to allow him to distill nebulous concepts normally attributed to talent or internalized through years of trial-and-error into clear, executable techniques writers can begin to practice immediately. These techniques have been tested in the […]

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First Draft Characters

This week’s episode of Sentence to Paragraph is the first of a series that will be looking at the various elements that need to be included in any successful first draft. Do your characters guide your writing or do you tell them where to go and what to do? Daryll-Lynne and Molly discuss how their […]

Drafting a Second Time

Molly and Daryll Lynne are back this week to talk about moving forward with writing that second draft! In this week’s episode of Sentence to Paragraph, Molly and Daryll Lynne frame their discussion of writing second drafts through the pantser/plotter problem. How does a discovery writer know when they’ve discovered enough and its time to […]

Story Structure in Three Acts

Welcome to this episode of Sentence to Paragraph and the first of a series of debates about how to piece a plot together! In this week’s episode of Sentence to Paragraph, Daryll Lynne and Molly exchange ideas and experiences about how they get their story ideas onto paper through using techniques of both the discovery […]

Finding Your Story through Scene Building

Join Molly and Daryll Lynne as they workshop some of the writing challenges they have faced in the last week. Characterization, conflict, and compressing every detail into perfectly plotted places might make story building feel like trying to weave a tapestry with a million loose ends. In this week’s episode of Sentence to Paragraph, Daryll […]

Interview with Heather Ransom

*This is a re-release of an interview with Heather Ransom in celebration of the release of her new book Greener! Listen to this interesting episode of Sentence to Paragraph below!* Heather Ransom is a science fiction writer and educator. When not teaching middle school science, Heather enjoys exploring the great out of doors in Oregon. Her […]