Michaeline: Fun Structures for Writing: Epistolary

A beautiful Persian woman writing a letter, while another woman is waiting outside her window. Consulting? The Messenger?

Letter-writing allows a story to be both intimate and public at the same time. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

As a reader, one of my favorite structures is epistolary writing – the friendly chat of a series of letters (or emails or texts) brings a certain coziness to a story, while preserving a definite curation of information. The writer is writing to a good friend (usually), but at the same time, WRITING (not talking – talking would be more spontaneous), and choosing details and trying to entertain.

Done well, it can be a great romp with a lot of meta. There are built-in layers, and the reader is invited to take part in discovering the bits that are left out because of the conceit that this is just between friends who share a history. (In practice, the good author or authors make sure the reader has the information to figure out just what is going on – the secrets require some work, but the burden upon the reader isn’t too onerous. Just enough pleasant exercise to make the sweetness of the unfolding story taste great.)

In addition, there’s a sense of Continue reading

Michaeline: Let’s Have Fun With Writer’s Block! Strategy #1

A beautiful mermaid surrounded by adoring fish

A lady with quite a few fish to fry in this story. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

December is here, and whether you are at the beginning of winter or the beginning of summer, moping over writer’s block is just a burden we could do without. The season is too busy, and too full of potential fun. So, I’m going to set aside goals for this month, and just have fun with my characters in my brain. If some progress happens, great. If it doesn’t, then at least I wasn’t moping the whole damn day.

This week’s technique is Continue reading