Flash Fiction: The Red Shirt

Posted by Rachel on July 16, 2017 in action, characters, discovery, ending, practice, writer's sketch, writing |

The only way I know I’m awake is if I’m wearing a red shirt. In dreams, color is muted and blurred so red stands out. It reminds me of safety. Bright and stimulating. The color at the edge of a perfect sunset. A surefire path to a warm reality. See, I spend my day in […]



Every writing conference I attend teaches me some nugget of knowledge I hadn’t realized or put into words before. Often there is more than one light-bulb moment. The latest writer-palooza was no different and I hope some of the findings I learned will prove helpful to you all as well! 1- Openings need to change […]


The Endings

Posted by Rachel on January 27, 2015 in editing, ending, outline, plot, writing |

I never start writing before I know what the ending of the story will be. At least that’s the plan. When an idea strikes me, I work on research, outlines, subplots, characters and the like before writing the first word. Even still, endings cause the biggest trouble for me. Without fail. The idea I initially […]


Guest Post: Beginnings, Middles and Ends

Posted by Rachel on October 11, 2013 in ending, guest post, opening, outline, planning, plot, structure, writing |

Today I have the pleasure of sharing a great writer’s guest post on dramatic structure. We agreed to swap posts and you can read mine on the creative process here. Tiana Bodine was kind enough to share her wonderful thoughts on story structure and I hope you find it as insightful as I did: One […]

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