I re-write entire chapters numerous times in order to capture all vital elements with the best possible word combinations, while at the same time making sure I stay true to my ‘author voice’. That last one is the hardest. Invariably, … Continue reading
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This post is based on the concepts of Dwight Swain, author of Techniques of the Selling Writer. Last week, I focused on the basic building blocks of a story: Scenes. This week, I take the Scene concept a step further … Continue reading →
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When sitting down to blog about writing a novel, there are so many aspects to consider it’s easy to develop brain-freeze. What to discuss? Character development? Plot structure? Dialogue? Theme? Goal, motive and conflict? These and many more are all … Continue reading →
Many critics do a grave injustice to easy-reading books, calling them barely literate escapism (aka ‘fluff’, ‘trash’, or ‘popular fiction’). Being an avid reader since the age of four, I feel qualified to champion easy-readers everywhere. Here’s the thing. Whenever … Continue reading →
Typically, a scene describes action taking place in a single setting and in a single period of time. Similar to a novel, a scene should have a beginning, a middle, and an ending. These are a few writing tips for … Continue reading →
While writing realistic dialogue is one of the most powerful tools in an author’s toolkit, it is also a skill many of us find difficult to master. Dialogue is an excellent way to implement the “show, don’t tell” rule of … Continue reading →