Can a novel be a lot of smaller stories?

Christina Ranallo Opinion, Uncategorized, Writing Tips 1 Comment

Writing a novel is daunting. That said, writing a short story is not easier simply because there are fewer words. The goal is to tell the whole story no matter how many words it takes. But what if the whole story comes to a writer by way of smaller, more intimate events that are all related to the broader, bigger, …

How valuable is time spent not writing?

Christina Ranallo Opinion, Uncategorized 1 Comment

I am a cheerleader, not the pompom wielding sort, the constant advocate sort. There is nothing that makes me happier than seeing one of the writers associated with PPW finish their novel or screenplay. I have used the phrase ‘writers write’ as in writer’s write every day and now I am about to add a disclaimer. We are still writers …

5 Signs ACT ONE Is Over

Christina Ranallo Opinion, Uncategorized 1 Comment

As a writer you have to know when Act Two is about to be begin. It’s the kind of thing that you as the writer need in place, even if it sneaks up on your reader. ACT ONE provides the set up on the way to that big Plot Point One when EVERYTHING CHANGES for the main character. Here are some telltale …