Category Archives: Story Structure

THE ELECTRIC CHAIR: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 4

Hopping back into that ninety-three year old issue of Weird Tales that’s available for all of us to read online it’s time to read the next story: “The Electric Chair” by George Waight. We’ve already looked at the first sentence, so, … Continue reading

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INVADERS FROM OUTSIDE: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 3

Let’s jump back into that ninety-three year old issue of Weird Tales that’s available for all of us to read online and… actually read it! Or, at least, read the first story. I’m going to do that right now, and take … Continue reading

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FIRST SENTENCES IN DETAIL: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 2

I won’t stay stuck on this Amazing Stories series every week, but I wanted to touch back right away after starting out last week with a look at the completely out of context first and last lines. This week, let’s just … Continue reading

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FIRST & LAST: EXPLORING WEIRD TALES Vol. 5, No. 1—PART 1

In his famous Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot, author Lester Dent offers a lot of advice—some slightly oddball and some with real lasting value. This week, let’s look at the opposite ends of his “formula” in terms of how to … Continue reading

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A SERIES OF POSTS ON MOTIVATION

I’ve been toying with this idea for a long time now, gathering up notes and so on, and decided to take the plunge this morning and finally get into it. Though I have been writing a bit lately on motivation … Continue reading

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DOING MY OWN WRITING EXERCISES, PART 4: A LIST OF LISTS

In an effort to actually do the writing exercises I’ve recommended here (and elsewhere), I’ve already done my list of titles, writing to an image, sort of a failure on a dialog exercise, and writing to a random story prompt. … Continue reading

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THE FIVE-MINUTE STORY

Well, the idea for a story in five minutes, anyway. Actually writing it will take somewhat longer! I’ve described my own efforts at writing to prompts and writing based on images—but what if we can’t draw or want to actually … Continue reading

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