Tagged with Writer’s Corner

Writer’s Corner: Does the Tense Make Sense?

Verb tenses are central to effective storytelling; it’s no mystery that stories unfold through relaying action. Choosing whether to write a story with verbs in the present, past or combo (past, present and future) is ultimately up to the writer. In storytelling, the form is personal, and it follows that style would be too; there … Continue reading

It’s Not Just What You Write; It’s Where You Write

Location, location, location. One of the biggest clichés in Amercian real estate applies directly to the writing process. Where one chooses to write is an important piece of the puzzle in developing a consistent writing practice. For some, it’s the same place all the time: home, office, coffee shop or library. For others, it’s variety … Continue reading

Writer’s Corner: What the F*$%? Is Cursing OK?

At Essay Fiesta, we have a set of guidelines that we provide all of our readers. One of the most contentious guidelines is our suggested limited cursing policy. It’s also one of our most misunderstood policies. Allow me to explain. First, we abide by the rules of our generous partner, the Book Cellar, which has … Continue reading

Writer’s Corner: Composite Characters

There is a common misconception that just because you are writing a work of nonfiction means you can’t take certain artistic liberties. Well, the truth is you can. This is your story, and you get to make the rules. And one of the most commonly used “fibs” in the essay biz is the use of … Continue reading

Writer’s Corner: Writing Dialogue

Illustrating a story with finely-crafted dialogue gives the reader detail and insight into the characters and their world. Great dialogue is specific, real and moves the story along. Successful use of this writing tool can make a story soar. When writing dialogue specifically for creative non-fiction, there are inherent liberties. The writer is going to … Continue reading

Writer’s Corner: Imagery

Imagery is an essential tool in the writer‘s toolbox. An indispensable literary device, imagery utilizes descriptive language to evoke the reader’s sensory experience and incite the imagination. Ultimately, a writer’s effectiveness is linked directly to his or her use of imagery. There are many forms of imagery that apply directly to the senses: visual (sight), … Continue reading

Writer’s Corner: The Opening

In the world of journalism, every story starts with a lede (that’s how we spell it in the news business). Us reporters are taught that without a compelling lede, no one will read your story. The lede is what initially grabs the audience and yanks them into the piece. Writing an essay is no different. … Continue reading