December 16th, 2016
Stories should be a true experience for readers. Like a gourmet meal, we want there to be more to them than just what is seen on the surface. This depth can be added a number of ways—through subplots, character arc, subtext, theme, and symbolism. Of them all, symbolism is one of the simplest […]
July 9th, 2012
We’re always happy when Laura quits juggling chainsaws long enough to share a blog!
By Laura Drake
What is theme? You can read the whole definition here, but the gist is: it’s a common thread or repeated idea that is incorporated throughout a literary work.
Why use theme? Here’s a great article […]
May 14th, 2012
by Jenny Hansen
In my wildest dreams, I never imagined I’d write a memoir.
Like most of you, I’ve written as long as I can remember, and from the very first day, I’ve lived solidly in the fiction camp.
Before we get any farther, let’s make sure we’re all speaking the same language.
June 27th, 2011
By Sharla Rae
In our WITS crit group, we all have our individual critiquing talents: grammar, tight writing, action scenes, male point of view, description etc. And when one of us starts a new project, we verbalize or write an outline of the story so that our partners can critique the individual story elements as […]