setting

  1. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 6: Crafting Mystery: Setting

    Lesson 6: Crafting Mystery: Setting One of the most important elements in a mystery novel is the setting (the time and place of the story.) Yet, it is one of the most overlooked concepts when the author considers writing a mystery novel. Therefore, take your time and consider your story’s...
  2. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 7: Mood and Atmosphere: Setting

    Lesson 7: Mood and Atmosphere: Setting If I were to ask you to define the word setting, chances are you’d say, “It’s the time and place where the story takes place.” I would tell you that you’re absolutely right, but then I’d ask you to give me a different definition of the word. Would you be...
  3. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 6: Mood and Atmosphere: Weather

    Lesson 6: Mood and Atmosphere: Weather I don’t know about you. But for me, when the day is gray, I feel down. All I want to do is crawl into bed and get under the covers even if it’s only six in the afternoon. On the other hand, if the sun is shining and the weather is warm, I want to stay up...
  4. mawado

    Discussion Using setting to make your reader an active participant

    Jewelers use a setting to emphasize and enhance gem stones. A beautiful stone in a bad setting loses its sparkle and luster. A pedestrian stone in a beautiful setting is still a mediocre gem, but we display it to its best advantage. Writers sketch a setting to highlight the detail of...
  5. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 6: Crafting Mystery: Setting

    Lesson 6: Crafting Mystery: Setting One of the most important elements in a mystery novel is the setting (the time and place of the story.) Yet, it is one of the most overlooked concepts when the author considers writing a mystery novel. Therefore, take your time and consider your story’s...
  6. Kate McMurray

    Craft Writing Vivid Settings with Kate McMurray

    Setting is often treated as just window dressing, but it can inform every part of a story, right down to plotting and pacing and how characters speak and behave. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to turn Generic Town, USA, into a living, breathing place that your characters inhabit. We’ll...
  7. mawado

    Craft The Counter: Using Negative Space in Your Writing with Mark Dooley

    We struggle to make our writing significant for readers. We often neglect to take make good use of the negative spaces in our writing. When we take advantage of negative spaces, we invite our readers to share in the worlds we’ve created. They collaborate by filling in their own images and...
  8. Deborah Bailey

    Homework Lecture 4

    Homework What is your story setting? How does your protagonist fit into it? Are they happy to be there or not? How would your character describe their town (or city, country, region, planet, etc.) How does the setting reflect the main character's story arc? Also... You're welcome to...
  9. Deborah Bailey

    Lecture Lecture 4 - Character & Setting Descriptions

    Welcome back to the class. Hope you enjoyed your weekend! Today we're going to cover ways to describe the characters and their world. Describing characters Often authors will have the character look in the mirror and describe what they see. (This happens in first person and third person...
  10. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 7 Mood and Atmosphere: Setting

    Lesson 7 Mood and Atmosphere: Setting If I were to ask you to define the word setting, chances are you’d say, “It’s the time and place where the story takes place.” I would tell you that you’re absolutely right, but then I’d ask you to give me a different definition of the word. Would you be...
  11. Tracy Koppel

    Craft Deep Dive Into Descriptions of Setting with Tracy Koppel

    We'll look at how to make settings come alive for the reader, how to use setting to show the POV character's emotion, and how to use settings to slow down action scenes that would otherwise be too fast.
  12. Lori Devoti

    Lecture Lesson One - Basics and Special Sauce

    What exactly is a cozy mystery? The term “cozy” first came into use in the late 20th century. I’m not sure who the very first cozy mystery author was but Agatha Christie is certainly who I think of first when thinking “cozy.” Her stories are classics that feature many of the things cozies are...
  13. Story Design: a series of lectures.

    Story Design: a series of lectures.

    Do you have one or more ideas for a story but aren’t sure what to do with it? Learn how to develop your idea into a story with author Hank Quense. During his Story Design series of lectures you’ll build your characters, create a plot, design the scenes and more.
  14. terrimain

    Craft Developing a Premise and a Story Arc with Terri Main

    We combine Premise and Story Arc into the first course. The premise forms the foundation and a way to test the story idea which leads to creating a story arc. Here's the description of the course: You have an idea for a novel, but it takes more than a vague idea to have a viable story premise...
  15. Angela Knight

    Lecture Lesson 4: Settings

    Setting in Fight Scenes By Angela Knight Fight scenes are not just thrown into a story to add a little adrenaline and danger. Fights should be major events in your plots that have real consequences for both the heroic couple and the villain. Because they’re so important, you should plan...
  16. Lori Devoti

    Homework Week One - Homework

    Homework: Take a day and research what hooks and settings are hot with cozy readers. Visit Amazon and search the best-selling page for cozy mysteries Amazon Best Sellers: Best Cozy Mystery or just the cozy page… Amazon.com: Cozy - Mystery: Books: Animals, Culinary, Crafts & Hobbies & More Pay...
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    CreatingStories very small.jpeg

    Do you have a story in you? Do you know how to write it or how to tell it? Creating Stories has the answers. Hank Quense, the author of more than twenty books, tells you how to do it.
  18. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 6: Crafting Mystery: Setting

    Lesson 6: Crafting Mystery: Setting One of the most important elements in a mystery novel is the setting (the time and place of the story.) Yet, it is one of the most overlooked concepts when the author considers writing the mystery novel. Therefore, take your time and consider your story’s...
  19. Jacqui Jacoby

    Lecture Thriller Lecture: The 10th Character

    Writing Thrillers Instructor: Jacqui Jacoby Spring 2019 The Tenth Character Joss Whedon is not only brilliant but I am personally in awe of him. It was in his short lived TV series, Firefly that I was introduced to the term that can be linked to so many things we never spotted: The Tenth...
  20. LC Hayden

    Lecture Turning Pages: Lesson 7 Mood and Atmosphere: Setting

    Lesson 7 Mood and Atmosphere: Setting If I were to ask you to define the word setting, chances are you’d say, “It’s the time and place where the story takes place.” I would tell you that you’re absolutely right, but then I’d ask you to give me a different definition of the word. Would you be...