Guidelines for writing Poems, Stories and Tales

Category: Writing

Quotes around long backstory narrated by a character

How do you quote a character talking in a book? If you quote something a character says, use double quotation marks on the outside ends of the quotation to indicate that you are quoting a portion of the text. Use single quotation marks inside the double quotation marks to indicate that someone is speaking. “‘Thou […]

Successful stories that don’t follow the standard story template?

Successful stories that don’t follow the standard story template? Hero (or anti-hero) Hero has problem (or is problem) Hero fights problem. Hero succeeds (or problem succeeds and all the permutations and varieties of hero and problem.) Hero is transformed. (Or not. Or eaten.) Are there any stories that don’t follow the hero’s journey? Unfortunately, not […]

Flashback or dream as a means of hinting at more going on than meets the eye

What do flashback dreams mean? Many people who are stressed, sleep-deprived, and fatigued experience dream flashbacks and dream-like states while awake. Regarding anxiety, anxiety-caused hyperstimulation can stress the body so much that it becomes fatigued, which can also create symptoms of dream flashbacks and dream-like states of consciousness. What is the flashback in a story? […]

Telephone Conversations

Telephone conversations, especially business telephone conversations, follow certain patterns: Someone answers the phone and asks if they can help. The caller makes a request—either to be connected to someone or for information. What are some examples of telephone conversation? Telephone Conversation Examples Receptionist: “Good morning, High tech industries, Emily speaking. … Client: “Good day to […]

What’s the name of this poetic form?

What are poetic forms? From sonnets and epics to haikus and villanelles, here are some of history’s most enduring poetic forms. What are the 3 poetic forms? From sonnets and epics to haikus and villanelles, learn more about 15 of literature’s most enduring types of poems. Blank verse. Blank verse is poetry written with a […]

Is blending genres well received by readers?

Can genres be blended? A hybrid genre is a literary genre that blends themes and elements from two or more different genres. Works in hybrid genres are often referred to as cross-genre or multi-genre. How are genres useful for readers? For readers, genres are guideposts for orienting themselves to a text. Genres help readers to […]

Fictional cultures and languages existing in the same area?

Are fictional languages real languages? Fictional languages are humans creations, but not in a natural way. Unlike natural languages, fictional languages only exist within an imaginary world. As fictional languages have a unique, alien-sounding grammar, lexicon, and phonology. What is fictional culture? A fictional culture is defined by the customs, languages, values, and symbols of […]