Style and Structure Bingo for Writers

Everybody loves Christie Yant’s Career Bingo card (available here), and I wanted to compile something similar for the actual process of writing short stories. Hence, the Style and Structure Bingo card for writers:

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This is intended as a tool to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and experiment with your stories. I’ve included some easy boxes, because everyone likes to feel accomplished, and frankly writing at all is a worthy accomplishment. (Yes, I am the sort of person who, after completing a task, will add it to my to-do list for the sheer joy of then immediately crossing it out.) The more challenging boxes are the result of a brainstorming session over at Codex Writers’ Group. Thanks for all the help, guys!


So what the heck do these boxes mean?

Since some of them may not be self-explanatory, here’s a bit of elaboration along with some linked examples of published short stories that illustrate these styles and structures. More examples are always welcome, so send them my way if you have suggestions. You’re also free to use your own definitions, of course — the only person you’re competing with is yourself, so use this tool however you like!


explanations and examples under the cut

new site

Welcome to my shiny new website! I’m speculative fiction writer Gwendolyn Clare.

I coded the old site from scratch because I wanted an excuse to learn HTML, and while I’m still fond of the old site, the time has come to join the 21st century. I’ll be updating the content as well, but the essentials will stay the same.

To check out my stories, go to Writing. Many of them are available for free online. If you prefer audio versions, scroll down for podcast links.

If you’re an aspiring writer, I’ve collected some helpful online resources under Links. These are good places to start learning about the craft and business of writing fantasy and science fiction.