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The Craft of Writing-The nuts & Bolts-Framework-Structure 3    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 29, 2013


To write a story within a frame can be as creative as writing without it, but far more productive. For the professional, production is the key to success. Without a clear story line, good writing can often be wasted; sometimes paragraphs, passages, or even entire chapters must be discarded when they don’t further the plot. Thus, we switch the creative plot building to a point before the actual writing. The writer plots the novel from beginning to end and expands each idea, concept, and scene during the writing phase.
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The Craft of Writing-The nuts & Bolts-Framework-Structure 2    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 28, 2013


Some authors swear by a story structure while others prefer to “wing it.” This is understandable. The most technically demanding and difficult stages when writing a genre novel involve plotting the storyline and planning.

Writers are often eager to get to the actual writing and balk at doing the hard work first. We believe this is a myopic view....more


The Craft of Writing-The nuts & Bolts-Framework-Structure 1    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 27, 2013


This section discusses the plotting and structural tools to lay the framework of a genre fiction work. The extent to which a writer uses these is a matter of what works for him and the type of story he writes. Some character-driven novels need little or no outlining.

The question of whether to structure or not to structure has promoted rivers of ink and heated exchanges between the writers who structure, ...more


The Craft of Writing-The nuts & Bolts-Framework-Other Formats-New Sudden Fiction    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 26, 2013


Termed New Sudden Fictions or Very Short Stories, are pieces of prose running from a couple of lines to a couple of pages. At fewer than five-hundred words, these works demand the painstaking attention to detail common in poetry. These narratives are different, not only because of their lack of space to fully develop a plot and characterization, but because they evoke a single idea or moment and have a reversal,
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The Craft of Writing-The nuts & Bolts-Framework-Other Formats-Flash Fiction    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 25, 2013


Flash fiction is a short work of prose, the accepted word count ranging mostly from 500-1000 words and containing all the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. The limited word count often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the story line.
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The Craft of Writing-The nuts & Bolts-Framework-Other Formats-Short Story    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 24, 2013


A short story is a work of prose, often in narrative format of limited extension.

Stating what separates a short story from longer fictional formats is problematic. A classic definition of a short story is that one should be able to read it in one sitting, although short story definitions based upon length differ....more



The Craft of Writing-The nuts & Bolts-Framework-Other Formats-Novelette    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 23, 2013


The novelette, like the true short story, features originality of theme and ingenuity of invention, but it’s not restricted to the short story word count.

It shares the same structural characteristics as the novella - character, incident, theme, plot, and setting....more


The Craft of Writing-The nuts & Bolts-Framework-Other Formats-Novella    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 22, 2013


Besides the novel, there are many additional fiction narrative formats. The most salient formats include: Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Flash Fiction, and New Sudden Fictions.

A novella is prose fiction that is longer than a long story but shorter than a short novel. Its length ranges from 20,000 to 50,000 words. Word count, however, doesn’t define the novella. The essence of the novella is the concentrated unity of purpose and design. Character, incident, theme, and language all focus on a single issue, often of a serious nature or of universal significance.


The Craft of Writing-The nuts & Bolts-Framework-The Novel 4    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 21, 2013


In 2005, Noah Lukeman, a literary agent with a towering reputation, wrote
The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile. The title says it all: Five pages is all we have to ensnare our reader, though we must confess Mr. Lukeman is an inveterate optimist when it comes to the astringent evaluation process of manuscripts from unknown writers. Often, the first five paragraphs, or sentences, or even clauses, will send a manuscript to the trash can.


The Craft of Writing-The nuts & Bolts-Framework-The Novel 3    By OFW chief editor: Carlos J Cortes And Renée Miller    Publish Date: August 20, 2013


Films and TV have changed the way we assimilate narrative. In bygone times, before readers watched TV and traveled wide, a writer spent thousands of words outlining setting, background, and atmosphere to immerse the reader in a given world. Now, thirty-seconds of imagery will convey the same effect.


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