Visit the world-renowned tech, business and creative inspiration web site, Lynda.com, to view my video tutorial, Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story. It's a step-by-step guide to what a story is and how to write one. While it's a pay site, there's a free seven day trial -- so you can watch the course, and then not opt in. But . . . the site is fabulous, and addictive. So rather than warning you about the fee (which is minimal), my warning is this: You might spend way more time on the site than you intend.
Here's the description of Writing Fundamentals straight from Lynda.com:
In this course, Lisa Cron digs into the craft of writing a compelling story based on what the brain is wired to respond to in every story we hear. Whether you're writing a story from scratch, or revising your story for the umpteenth time, this course offers practical how-to advice, then illustrates it using before-and-after examples. Discover how to craft a first page, zero in on your story's point, create empathy, find a character's secret goals and inner issues, translate generics into specifics, write for suspense, create cause-and-effect connections, build momentum and tension, and deftly implement setups, payoffs, flashbacks, subplots, and foreshadowing.
- What is a story?
- Hooking your reader
- Feeling what the protagonist feels
- Being specific
- Creating suspense and conflict
- Writing flashbacks and subplots