Types of Fictional Characters Teaching middle and high school language arts taught me a lot about the types of characters in fiction. I […]
Characters are at the Heart of the Story Characters are at the heart of every story. Without a strong hero, a book is […]
We’re wrapping up our Writing Prompt series on SETTING by looking at the connection between character and setting. Setting gives the reader a […]
Writer’s block is a phrase that gets tossed around a lot in the writing world. At writing conferences; at workshops; at organization meetings. […]
Using Dialogue to Convey Setting Setting in a story can be given through description (see Writing Promp #3). Last time we talked about […]
Setting is a story’s time and place. You cannot have a story without setting. Setting grounds the entire narrative.  In books, setting can […]
Scroll Down to Watch the YouTube on this topic or to listen to the Podcast! Have you ever thought about the opening scenes […]
As a teacher, there are some topics I find so fun to teach. The Hero’s Journey is one of those topics.    Joseph […]
When you think of a scene, consider starting with a wide angle lens first. Capture the bigger setting. Once you’ve done that, you […]
Welcome to the Writer Spark Writing Academy blog! If you’re here, chances are you have the dream of writing and possibly publishing a […]
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