Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
I haven’t written an article of encouragement recently, but since the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo) is next month, I thought I’d take a few minutes to encourage you to begin a new project, maybe push yourself into trying a new genre or writing style, if only as an exercise and only for […]
Rid your stories of characters who just happen to always show up at the right place at the right time to discover secrets that they always understand.
Taking lessons, the positive and the negative, from movies and TV.
A writer asks how much back story is too much.
Tips for putting characters into motion with habits and physical movement without disrupting the main action of a story.
It’s easy for our ideas and writing to become stale or common. Familiar. Even so repetitive or wearisome that we are bored writing stories. Try a few prompts for exploring the wider world in your life so you can create fascinating new worlds for readers.
Adjectives can be paired or grouped to modify a single noun—learn the rules for using multiple adjectives, including the Royal Order of Adjectives. Explanation of coordinate and cumulative adjectives, and tips for using commas with adjectives as well.
Tips for making readers care about your characters and the story events at every stage of your long fiction.
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.