Heather and Andrew Rutledge join Steph enjoy a literary feast of microfiction as residents in the St Croix Valley share their stories on a postcard. Into the Beautiful North is a decidedly modern take on a familiar theme: journeys. Some say the destination is the journey itself. Residents in the St Croix Valley were asked: Can […]
Week 2 of the Big Read provides interesting tidbits for theater lovers as Josiah Laubenstein shares with Heather Rutledge about his role as Drew in Festival Theater’s Lone Star Spirits and details with Steph how he prepares for his roles as an actor. Subscribe to Voices in the Valley on iTunes, Google Play Music, and Stitcher
Anne Greenwood Brown explains the sidekick character. The sidekick always wants to follow the main character because it is exciting to do so, but that sidekick must have a purpose, a knowledge or something important that the main character needs and wouldn’t have without them. The main character may not realize, yet, that the sidekick […]
Betrayal is always going to be worse if it’s your best friend. Always think: how can I make this more awful? No one is born evil, but something happens that turns the villain into the person they are. A villain is always better if they are not 100% evil – perhaps they have a dog […]
Anne Greenwood Brown says that you have to be super mean to your characters and make them suffer. The more you make them suffer, the better your story will be. Brainstorm bad, horrible things that could happen to your characters, and then order them in ascending horribleness.
Anne Greenwood Brown explains that pacing for a modern plot remains the same whether you are writing a short story, novel or screenplay. Most stories break into three acts. Act I is 25% of the story, Act II is 50%, Act III 25%. Using a beat sheet can be a helpful tool, but also a […]
Writers tend to identify themselves as either “plotters” or “pantsers.” “Plotters,” like Anne Greenwood Brown, map out their plot and know exactly where they are going with the story. “Pantsers” fly by the seat of the pants and allow the story to emerge as they write it. There are plusses and minuses to both. […]
Most romance novels have a happily ever after, says Anne Greenwood Brown. That’s just the way it is – what people expect. Your book is more likely to be accepted by editors and be bought in the marketplace if it has a happy ending. Why is that? The modern audience has different expectations and an […]
Plot emerges out of the actions of characters, and author Andy Hueller provides tips on how to develop conflict to make your novel a page-turning experience. Andy Hueller has written several titles including HOW I GOT RICH WRITING C PAPERS, SKIPPING STONES, DIZZY FANTASTIC and SLINGERS.
Student hosts Rebecca and Jill consider the Harry Potter series and explain how J.K. Rowling builds both internal and external conflict into her stories. Warning: huge spoiler alert. Don’t listen to unless you’ve read the series. 🙂