The Stages of Storytelling

I love this site and the newsletter that comes with it. The posts offer practical advice and inspiration for writers of all levels.

The site promotes a couple of kinds of story development software, but you don’t need to buy either to enjoy the current posts and the archive.

Today’s post breaks writing down into four steps.

  1. Inspiration
  2. Development
  3. Exposition
  4. Storytelling

My current projects are on the fifth step–revision, but that involves looking back at the others to evaluate my original intention and to “see again” (re-vise) what the story has become.

Where are you in this process?

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Jane Yolen Revises One of Her Daily Poems

Today, I am featuring an entry from Jane Yolen’s journal. It follows her revision process as she works on a recent poem.

Jane Yolen — Author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? » Telling the True.

What Does it Really Take to Get a Picture Book Published?

Find out how a new picture book, Flap, came to be in this interview by Laura Miller.

Meet Alison Kipnis Hertz, Author of Flap! « Laura Miller (a.k.a. Grandmamiller).

path of a wordbender – Where Art Thou, My Query?

Do you need help with writing a query letter? Here’s a useful post with three great links.

path of a wordbender – Where Art Thou, My Query?.

Writers First AidWeakened Mind Anxiety (Part 2)

In this great post Kristi Holl describes some of the fears that hold me back from writing.

I don’t know about you, but it’s just what I needed today.

Writers First AidWeakened Mind Anxiety (Part 2).

Query Roundup 9/7 + An Opportunity | Confessions

Query Roundup 9/7 + An Opportunity | Confessions.

This article offers unique insight into an agent’s selection process. Fascinating reading for those interested in submitting either YA or adult fiction

Brooklyn Arden: The Editorial Process, Step by Step

Brooklyn Arden: The Editorial Process, Step by Step.

If you are ready to revise your work, read this helpful, witty, and honest little essay first. It applies to all kinds of writing.