We’ve all heard the rule of threes. That is, bad things come in three. Accident, illness and even death show up in our lives and thanks to bias, people tend to notice when they occur in sets of three. So should your characters. As an exercise: Take some of the minor or side characters from… Continue reading Exercise: The Rule of Threes
How do you use symbolism? Take a quick look at how motifs can reinforce theme and convey hidden meaning.
Pre-pandemic when thinking of heroes it wasn’t unusual to think of doctors, nurses, first responders and military personnel as heroes. If anything, Covid made us aware of the fact that there are more heroes around us than we can ever count. Heroes very genuinely can be found in every facet of life. That brings up… Continue reading Exercise: Creating Heroes
Part of writing is figuring out how to string sentences together. It sounds super easy, any seasoned writer can tell you there are times where figuring out how to start the next sentence is a monumental task. That’s exactly the aim of today’s exercise: giving you some practice with difficult to start sentences. As an… Continue reading Exercise: Alphabet Sentences
As writers, part of what we do makes mundane moments come to life. There’s any number of ways we do this—through lyrical prose, imaginative comparison and even through the length and variation of our sentences. Strengthening those three components isn’t always easy though, which is why you might want to consider stepping outside of your… Continue reading Exercise: Rhyme Time