Keeping It Short

This week we're looking at writing short stories, particularly those under 2,000 words, and how we can use these skills to improve our longer fiction and editing. Monday - How Short is Short? What do we mean by a short story and what can we learn from this? Tuesday - Picking a Time, Looking at how much time we … Continue reading Keeping It Short


Editing Others

This week we're looking at the editing others and how it is an editor's job to encourage writers not only suggest changes. Monday - What is Editing? Looking at the different ways we can edit someone's writing. Tuesday - Approaching Feedback, Looking at ways of suggesting changes. Wednesday - Editing Versus Rewriting, What's the difference between editing and rewriting someone's writing. … Continue reading Editing Others

Troublesome Words

We're finishing the articles for 2017 with the look at a few more troublesome words before beginning our pre-Christmas fiction frenzy. Monday - As In, A look at the trouble with one word having so many meanings. Tuesday - Along and Awhile, To space or not to space, that is the question. Wednesday - Then Came The Toos, is it to … Continue reading Troublesome Words

Friendship in Fiction

This week we're looking at the different types of friendships portrayed in fiction whether they're friends characters meet along the way, old friends, or groups each character will interact with these friendships differently. Monday - Fictional Friendships, Looking at ways of building a friendship one character at a time. Tuesday - Found Friends, A few things we need to … Continue reading Friendship in Fiction

Year of The Weekly Serial

I want to begin with a massive thank you to everyone who reads Jesse's Studio. We've been steadily growing since August 2016 and I couldn't have done it without my readers support both by simply reading and by recommending Jesse's Studio to other readers. It means a huge amount that you take the time to … Continue reading Year of The Weekly Serial

Pacing Prose

This week we're looking at pacing in prose using structure, telling and showing. And Lot is back for another episode of Nine Shillings on Saturday. Keep an eye on these coming soon posts for details of the pre-Christmas Fiction Frenzy. (I know it's only October, sorry) Monday - Pacing Through Paragraphs, A look at the way paragraph structure changes … Continue reading Pacing Prose

Exposing Exposition

This week we're looking at exposition: What is it and different techniques we can use. Monday - What's This 'Exposition'? An introduction. Tuesday - Necessary Versus Unnecessary, Is there such a thing as unnecessary exposition? Wednesday - Exposition by the Chapter, Looking at flashbacks and side stories. Thursday - Exposition by Footnote, Ways we can use footnotes in fiction. Friday - Exposition by Character, Characters … Continue reading Exposing Exposition

Getting Grammatical

This week we're looking at some points of basic grammar that often cause confusion because they're confusing. The article on homophones was particularly fun to write, obviously I never confused any of them once... All these articles are based on British grammar. I should probably add that this is my personal approach to grammar and … Continue reading Getting Grammatical

The Shadow in the Fore

This week we're taking our first look at foreshadowing; what it is, the use of implication and what's symbolism got to do with it all? Monday - What is Foreshadowing? What's the difference between plot stakes and foreshadowing? Tuesday - Did I Say That? The role of implication in foreshadowing. Wednesday - Simplifying Symbolism, What's symbolism got to do with foreshadowing? … Continue reading The Shadow in the Fore

The All Seeing Narrator

This week we're looking at the omniscient narrator; the narrator who can go anywhere and everywhere at will. We'll be looking at the difference between omniscient and limited omniscient, narrative voice, and considering how much is too much. Monday - The Detached Narrator, What is omniscient narration? Tuesday - The Reliable Narrator, Is an omniscient narrator really reliable? Wednesday … Continue reading The All Seeing Narrator