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Joslyn Chase: Becoming Writer, Editor
Member since July 11, 2016

Joslyn Chase's most recent book, The Tower, is a story of nail-biting suspense and the triumph of love in the aftermath of World War II. What Leads A Man To Murder, her collection of short suspense, is available for free at joslynchase.com. Joslyn loves traveling, teaching, and playing the piano.

Website: https://joslynchase.com

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-The Fire Ranger- Ch 4, 5.
by Des in Writers Workshop
07:18 am on April 19, 2019

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             -Once Upon A Time- Ch. 4, 5 – Words 1450 I’ve had some strange jobs in my life and the following chapters are [more]

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How to Read Like a Writer and Boost Your Writing Skills
by Joslyn Chase in How to Read Like a Writer and Boost Your Writing Skills
11:50 am on April 15, 2019

If you’ve made it your mission to write, it’s probably because you love reading. Your life has been touched and changed by books you’ve read and stories you’ve heard since you were a tot, and now you want to create that experience for others. The irony is that once you start writing, it’s often difficult to find time for reading, and that’s just wrong on so many levels.

10 Ways to Master Pacing in Writing and Keep Your Readers Riveted
by Joslyn Chase in 10 Ways to Master Pacing in Writing and Keep Your Readers Riveted
10:46 am on April 1, 2019

If you’ve ever run a marathon, or a 10K, or even a 5K race, you know that pacing is important. If you pour it on at full speed right off the starting line and keep that up without variation, you’ll run out of steam and be unable to finish.

You do the same thing to your reader if you don’t vary the pace. Fast or slow, if you don’t provide some variety for your reader, they won’t finish either. So let’s take a closer look at pacing and how it can help you create a better experience for your readers.

How to Start a Story: 10 Ways to Get Your Story Off to a Great Start
by Joslyn Chase in How to Start a Story: 10 Ways to Get Your Story Off to a Great Start
10:26 am on March 18, 2019

Perhaps you’ve heard the old publishing proverb: The first page sells the book; the last page sells the next book. I’m convinced there’s a mammoth grain of truth in that. The beginning and the end of any story are critical elements that you really want to nail.

Today, we’re going to focus on how to start a story—in other words, how you can craft a spectacular beginning that will hold readers spellbound and get them to turn that first all-important page.

Humor Writing: 5 Side-Splitting Ways to Infuse Humor Into Your Writing
by Joslyn Chase in Humor Writing: 5 Side-Splitting Ways to Infuse Humor Into Your Writing
01:40 pm on March 4, 2019

Who doesn’t love to laugh? A good, healthy chuckle goes a long way toward making a character more likeable, and a reader more willing to stick with that character through difficult situations. Most stories, whatever the genre, benefit from moments of humor. Yes, humor writing is hard—but these strategies will give your writing the perfect blend of levity.

TED Talks for Writers: 6 TED Talks That Will Revive Your Storytelling Spirit
by Joslyn Chase in TED Talks for Writers: 6 TED Talks That Will Revive Your Storytelling Spirit
01:02 pm on February 18, 2019

A favorite resource of mine when looking for inspiration is TED Talk territory. There’s a wide variety to choose from, they’re short, full of provocative viewpoints and stimulating ideas.

I perused the offerings pertaining to story this week and chose six TED Talks for writers, presentations worth watching when you need a boost or a reminder about why you’re doing this.

How to Use Psychology to Create Compelling Characters
by Joslyn Chase in How to Use Psychology to Create Compelling Characters
08:30 am on January 21, 2019

How do you create characters that resonate with readers, stirring their emotions and rousing their empathy? That’s the goal we all share as writers, right? What if there were a way to combine psychology and writing to make your characters come alive on the page?

To build characters that strike a chord within readers, you need to craft someone who feels realistic, someone your readers can relate to because their motivations and behaviors are modeled on the way real people think and act.

‘Twas the Resistance Before Christmas
by Joslyn Chase in ‘Twas the Resistance Before Christmas
11:01 am on December 21, 2018

To my knowledge, no one has ever claimed that the life of a writer is easy. Not without a heavy dose of sarcasm. Any process that involves the production of creativity on demand will mess with your head.

As writers, we deal with Resistance on a regular basis. And just when you think you’ve got it beat and you settle down for a long winter’s nap, the devious imp sneaks in and twirls a feather under your nose. He whispers nasty things in your kerchief-covered ears until you fly to the window and throw up the sash (too much sash is notoriously bad for the digestion).

This Writing Technique Will Make Your Readers Fall in Love With Your Sentences
by Joslyn Chase in This Writing Technique Will Make Your Readers Fall in Love With Your Sentences
01:20 pm on December 10, 2018

Two of the most vital skills you should focus on as a writer are how to tell a story that works and how to develop compelling characters. But once you’ve got that figured out, aren’t there other writing techniques, more subtle perhaps, that draw readers in and make stories shine?

There are. And one of those writing techniques is called euphonics. Rayne Hall, author of the Writer’s Craft series, defines euphonics as “the use of sound devices for prose writing.”

4 Character Archetypes Your Story Needs
by Joslyn Chase in 4 Character Archetypes Your Story Needs
11:12 am on November 26, 2018

Have you ever read a story that just falls flat for you and you don’t know why? Chances are it was missing one of the archetypical elements our brains are hardwired to seek out in a story. When you sit down at the keyboard, the last thing you want to do is write a story that fails to grab and hold a reader.

So how do you satisfy those hardwired expectations?