Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
Push characters to their breaking points and beyond. Don’t hold back but challenge your characters beyond what they thought they could do. Push them beyond what you thought they could do.
Encouragement for a new writing year.
More on the purposes of dialogue tags—use them to keep a story flowing.
Ways to get writing when the words won’t flow. Writing prompts and encouragement for the writer who doesn’t know what to write next.
Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.
Reminder about the National Novel Writing Month and encouragement to try something new.
Verbs power your stories. Use accurate verbs to create the motion and emotion you want your story to have. This article includes tips for choosing verbs, including use of the passive voice.
A reminder to layer on the emotional hits so the reader will feel them. Use knockout lines or zingers when that works for a scene, but don’t be hesitant about pushing, about hitting the emotional button again and again.
It’s time for a bit of encouragement. After a summer filled with activities that eat into your writing time, it’s time to get back into the rhythm and flow of creating, of linking events and characters and details into stories that readers clamor for.
Description in fiction paints the story world and characters for readers, gives substance to a world wholly unfamiliar to the readers. Learn some tips for working with description.