I’m not going to tell you how to write, I’m going to open the toy box and let you play.

Writing: Back to Basics is a series of books that aims to help writers explore their craft, explaining different applications for techniques and building writers’ knowledge from basic elements to including subtle and seemingly complex elements into their work. This series can be read in any order.

Shaping Stories

The Cover of Shaping Stories

We want to write a book, where shall we begin? Shaping Stories will guide you through different ways of reading, go back to basics of narrative structure, and disassemble narration.

This book isn’t about telling you how to write. It’s about helping you find the best way to write your story.

This Edition Includes Jesse’s Complete Collections on:

  • Getting Started
  • Reading Like a Writer
  • First Drafts
  • Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
  • Narrators
  • Plot

Creating Characters

Cover of Creating Characters

A great story needs great characters but how do we make them? In Creating Characters we’re going to look at how we can play with description to reveal our characters, break apart ideas of heroes and villains, and create dynamic dialogue for our cast.

The only limit is our creativity.

This Edition Includes Jesse’s Complete Collections on:

  • Overview of Characters
  • Heroes and Villains
  • Describing Characters
  • Internal Monologue
  • Dialogue
  • (And a chapter on writing sex scenes)

Editing, Editing, Editing

Cover of Editing, Editing, Editing

We’ve written a book but how do we make it shine? In Editing, Editing, Editing we’re going to look at what editing is, how we can balance showing and telling, and how we can streamline our description.

We can play with our prose to reveal or hide our story’s secrets; all we need is the right brush stroke.

This Edition Includes Jesse’s Complete Collections on:

  • Short Stories
  • Exposition
  • Foreshadowing
  • Building a World
  • Setting, Atmosphere, and Sense Description
  • Self-Editing and Editing Others
  • Formatting

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