Can some conflict be bad for a story?

Christina Ranallo Opinion, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

For the last ten years I’ve had a mantra, “No conflict, no story.” I said it so often that writers said it for me during our writer’s group and chanted it during workshops. It even turned up as a t-shirt by popular demand. But I was turned on my heels when I was asked this question: “Is there such a …

How do you know when you’re half way through writing your novel?

Christina Ranallo Opinion, Uncategorized, Writing Tips Leave a Comment

If you try to guess how long it will take to finish something, you check if you’re at the beginning the middle or close to the end. That only works when you know where you are. Don’t you wish there was a template, a “blueprint” that allowed writers to feel certain they had accomplished what was needed to move past …

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 …