Let’s Make This Year the One You Tell Your Story

Sometimes you don’t need a writer to start at the beginning with you to tell your story. Sometimes all we need is a nudge in the right direction to get started, and an editor to make our stories sing.

I am excited to share that this summer I will be teaching a couple of fiction writing courses for St. Louis Community College at Meramec. The courses are both offered through their Continuing Education program, means it is a low-cost and low-time commitment way to get started. Whether you need to the inspiration begin writing that story that is rattling in your head, or if you are looking for ways to generate writing ideas, join me for one of these classes this summer.

Summer Fiction Writing Classes at Meramec

Focus on Fiction: Characters – Memorable characters are the backbone of any story. Their actions keep the reader turning pages, and their individual personalities stay with the reader long after they’ve closed the back cover. It’s a daunting challenge – crafting compelling characters from our imaginations. But if you can create dimensional characters, you’ll be well on your way to writing a story that is believable, compelling, and perhaps unforgettable. In this course, you will discover techniques for developing heroes, antiheroes, villains, and more. Through lecture, examples, and in-class exercises, you will learn how to breathe life into your characters, flesh them out, make them captivating, and bring them to life on the page.

Focus on Fiction: Writer’s Creative Toolbox -Have you ever wondered how prolific writers generate so many ideas for characters and plots? Inspiration can strike at any time and come in many forms. The key is recognizing what captures your imagination, grabbing that inspiration, and staying motivated when your idea loses some of its shine. In this course, you will discover ways to recognize and generate story ideas, tips for organizing these creative sparks, and different methods for building stories from what inspires you. Through lecture, examples, and exercises, you will learn how to find and unleash your many potential muses.

You can sign-up by contacting the St Louis Community College registration desk at 314-984-7777. And not to worry, if the timing isn’t right for you this summer, keep an eye out for fall course offerings, which will include a genre fiction focus!

Should I Use Creative Writing Prompts?

“Nulla dies sine linea” – “No day without a line”

Like running, playing the piano, and practicing spells at Hogwarts, writing is a skill to be mastered. Talent is part of the equation, but even Harry Potter, born into greatness, had to be whisked away to train as a wizard.

Speaking of Potter, J.K. Rowling just released a book about failure and the bounty it provides. Worth a read for anyone struggling to find a way to get their world of magic in writing.

I am not one for daily writing prompts. I found myself tiring the muse before I’ve had a chance to work on my writing or ghostwriting projects for clients. However, when the words aren’t coming, a good prompt can mean the difference between a day without a line and a day with several.

I am actively curating a Pinterest board with writing prompts that spark my imagination, and continue to add to it on a regular basis. Here’s a link to get the your pencil scratching:

Follow Mrs SmartyPants’s board Writing Prompts on Pinterest.