Fiction writing: Peer-editing

Daily Prompt #39: Writing from a Word


What comes to your mind when you see this word?

Write for seven minutes.

First, you’re going to share your fiction with ONE peer and have them fill out a peer editing form.

Next, you’re going to get into groups based upon which aspect of your fiction you want the most help with. These are the five groups:

  • Plot
  • Character Development
  • Dialogue
  • Language (figurative and concrete language)
  • Conventions (spelling, grammar, punctuation)

In these groups, pass your papers around and focus ONLY on this aspect of the writing, taking the time to make notes directly on the paper, as well as the peer editing form.



Fiction and Point of View

Daily Prompt #34: Considering the craft of writing


Respond to this quote. Write for five minutes.


Today, we’re going to consider point of view when writing our stories. Let’s start with a quick brainstorm. What do you think of when you hear point of view?

One way of considering it is by first, second, and third person. Within those, there are variations. The handout I’m providing will help you keep these straight.

Beyond these, you also have to think about the characters in your story. Sure, you know you want to use first person, but what if you use first person from the perspective of the family cat? Perspective is an integral part of point of view. Your possibilities are truly endless.

As a writer, you have to really consider why you’re writing this story so you know who will be your most impactful storyteller.

Let’s play around with this idea for a bit by starting with a general scenario.

A family is seated around the dinner table.

Mom (Diana): 47
Dad (Robert): 50
Daughter (Carly): 18
Son (Josh) :15
Daughter (Elle): 18 months
Pug (Othello): 10 (56 in dog years)

During dinner, Carly is going to announce she saw Josh kissing a girl at school. The reactions the family has (and how Carly announces it) are entirely up to you.

Write with the following guidelines:

  • First person, Carly’s perspective
  • Third person limited, Josh’s perspective
  • Third person omniscent, any (or all) characters you choose
  • First person, Robert’s perspective
  • Third person limited, Elle’s perspective
  • Pick a point of view and character we haven’t used yet.

Plot: the Hero’s Journey

Daily Prompt #33: Considering yourself as a character

Guess what?  There’s going to be a book written about you!  What’s the title?  
Come up with at least one idea that you think each of the following people would suggest.

* Yourself
* Your mom (or dad or guardian: your choice)
* Your best friend
* Your worst enemy (or someone who doesn’t really care for you or someone who doesn’t really know you)
* Your pet (or your favorite toy or possession)

Take seven minutes.

As you develop your pieces of fiction, you need to closely consider the plot of your story. Aside from the traditional mountain peak plotline, another way of checking to make sure your plot is interesting is by testing it against the hero’s journey.

Using the diagram provided, take a story or movie you know and see how it fits this plot. Write the plot down, either directly on the handout or in your notebook.

Use the remainder of class to work on your story.