Lesson #91: Describing Characters

In Lessons 88, 89, and 90, we discussed description – namely, describing scenes, action, and emotion. Now, we will discuss how to describe characters. When it comes to describing characters, I like to use some examples from my favorite books. So, I invite you to make a list of what you see as you read […]

Lesson 83: Make this POV Stronger

    Drake climbed on top of a rock overlooking a wide valley. The enemy army stretched as far as the eye could see. He slunk back out of visual range before taking off ripety-tear to inform his commanding officer.   After ten minutes of running, Drake skidded to a halt in camp. “Where’s the commander?” […]

Lesson #82: Exercises for SETTING

From now on, every five lessons we will incorporate an “exercise” lesson. Consider these lessons the “workbook” portion of your very own “Write Nook Textbook”. Take what you’ve learned from these last few lessons on setting. You can use the prompts/exercises below (modifying them if you’d like) or search for similar exercises from trustworthy sites/books […]

Lesson #70 The Hero’s Journey

Hold on, this is gonna be a wild ride. I’m gonna take you on a journey—the hero’s journey—in 800 words or less. When I teach this, it’s a six-week course! I can do twelve hours of lecture and worksheets on this topic, so this will be very basic. First off, it’s important to know that […]

Lesson #63: Strengthening Your Voice

  There are two “types” of voices in a story. The author’s voice and the narrator’s voice. In this lesson, we’ll give you some tips on how to strengthen BOTH types of voices. First, let’s define “voice.” (After all, it’s essential to understand voice before you can strengthen it!) I have a best friend. Let’s […]