As I round out the end of the Spring semester here in Potsdam I can’t help but reflect on some basic principles of fiction writing that I see missing in so many stories. These are lessons I obtained from a professor here at SUNY Potsdam (S. DeGhett) and are not at all my entirely own words, but I feel they need to be discussed.
During my writing course this semester my professor gave us a set of writing advice that she called “Keys to the Kingdom”. These tools seem so basic that it would be a surprise to find a writer who hasn’t attributed them to second memory- and yet I find failures to meet these seven goals in about 80% of the posts I find online (and at times my own posts fail to meet these seven)
I hope you take the time to look carefully at these seven Keys and relate them to your own writing.