Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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7 Writing Tips Are on Video Each Day

The 7-Day Blog Post Challenge with short videos (3-4 minutes) is on Day #6, but all the daily ideas are in the archives on the right side-bar of my website click here.

Tonight’s post will be a tip on philosophical disagreement, scene, and dialogue featuring Anne Ayers Koch and Thad Binkley.

See you there,

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Plot Arc Is Important For Personal Stories



When you are crafting a life experience that you will include in a talk you’re giving or if you are writing a short story about something that happened to you, do you use the plot arc?

Our aim is to build an upward slope from the beginning, peak it at the climax, and then calm it all out with the ending (resolution).

Usually we think of plots in a novel, but the elements in the diagram here, when used in telling life experiences makes the difference between an okay story and one with impact.

What I’ve noticed at several live events I’ve attended, is the speaker will let the story’s ending trail away and their voices tend to trail away too as if “Glad that’s over with.”

As the attendee, I’m left on the trail with no fork in the road, just a wall. I wonder what the experience meant, how could it inspire me, or how could I relate it to the topic of the presentation?  The weak or zero connection left me thinking the story wasn’t important and therefore the rest of the talk wasn’t either.

Tip for today: Choose a relatable life experience to include in your talk or your written work. Craft it with the elements of the Plot Arc and deliver it with belief that it is important.

It would be interesting to read your key points as they relate to Plot Diagram. Use comments to share or if you have questions.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Written Across the Genres




Grace Paley, a “combative pacifist and a cooperative anarchist”



In an interesting article written by Leora Skolkin-Smith, she states: “Grace Paley was a known pacifist and, also, a famous short story-writer. She enjoyed being referred to as a “combative pacifist and a cooperative anarchist”.

“Grace Paley was not extreme in either her pacifism or her sense of government as reliably unreliable in the governing of the “Little Disturbances of Man” (the title of her most famous short story collection). She lived within the law, gracefully and with moral direction, though she protested and therefore refused to pay war taxes at times.”

To read more about Grace, click here.

Thanks to John Clarke for sharing this article on Facebook.


To the members of my writing class, don’t you love the description of a “combative pacifist and a cooperative anarchist”?  Can anyone think of other contrasting adjectives to describe a character?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog (soon to be released in early 2017)

Tap Into Your Creativity To Repurpose Your Content

repurpose-content-on-keysAre you repurposing content? It can save you a lot of time so you can write fresh ideas or have extra time to enjoy yourself.

For instance, my book, Written Across the Genres, has stories, essays, poetry, and novel excerpts in a variety of genres.

I’m creating an on-line course about using stories to increase audience attention when doing a presentation. I know that life stories perk up  listeners and they remember the person because of the story he/she told.

My passion is for people to tell or write short  stories to use in a variety of ways because one’s life is important. We are on this plane for a short time, 90 to 100 years, and on that last day, who will remember you? How will some of your life experiences help someone if they aren’t recorded in some fashion? A life time of experiences  can be selected, shared, and  impact someone else’s life.

My webinar will include samples of snapshot life stories that will be repurposed from Written Across the Genres. I’m sending out permission letters to the authors who contributed to the memoir section of the collection. The life stories will be an eBook first and then put into a printed version. There are stories about career, travel, family, trials of moving,  terrors of war, etc.

Written Across the Genres has 335 pages. The repurposed book will have about a third of 335 pages. I plan to add videos of the authors’ bios via QR codes. If I choose to create more short books, I could take each genre and repurpose the stories into smaller books labeled Thriller, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Mainstream Fiction, Historic Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Western, etc.

Think about repurposing your blog posts, Tweets, Instagram photos, whatever you could gather and make into books or send those posts to other media you didn’t use when you first wrote them.

If you come up with more repurposing possibilities, share in the comment section.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Write An eBook In A Weekend

The calendar said it was June, but it felt like November during National Novel Writing Month. A 50,000 word novel in 30 days is intense. I’ve done it for about five years and I’m still editing those books. Hada’s Fog which I am blogging here came from NaNoWriMo (see menu above).

Donna KozikDonna Kozik’s Write an eBook in a Weekend involved the same kind of  time pressure. I felt greater tension since the eBook is non-fiction. The 50,000 words of fiction for  NaNoWriMo was reachable for me.  I succeeded each year.

However, during Kozik’s challenge, I wrote a mere 711 words on Saturday. On Sunday, I achieved a total of 989 for the two days. I’m still working on it. I didn’t have writer’s block. The research I needed to do for the non-fiction topic slowed me down.

Kozik guides participants, encourages us to keep going, and she’s available via several group calls that are scheduled during and after the big weekend. Tomorrow I have a one-on-one coaching call with her which is part of the program. I have wanted to write an eBook for a couple of years. Although the writing takes more time than fiction, I’m inspired to finish it.

I highly recommend writing an eBook in a weekend with Kozik. Click here for more information.

Thanks to my blog followers who asked if I was okay since I wasn’t posting every day. I’m flattered that my posts were missed. I completed a year of daily postings which was my goal in 2015. This year I won’t have the same blog goal. I will be posting a few times a week so I can focus on my writing projects. Thanks for reading.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog