Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
A look at words, punctuation, and writing elements that can be safely excised from novels, creating more memorable fiction.
Tips for putting characters into motion with habits and physical movement without disrupting the main action of a story.
Explore how the change in words affects individual moments and scenes and stories, and how words can direct fiction.
Expletives—there is, there were, it is, it was, and so forth—can make sentences dull. And sometimes they’re just used too often in our writing. Learn how expletives can work either for or against story.
Tone, mood, and style—three of the elements of fiction—each contribute to the feel of a story. Learn what each is and how they affect one another.
Why write? Why sit at a desk and connect words into scenes and stories? One reason is to entertain readers. But writers don’t only entertain readers. Great writers and good stories can change a reader’s life.
You’re a fiction writer? Then by all means feel free to make up words for your story world.
If readers aren’t engaged by your story, maybe you’re holding them at a distance, using filtering phrases that keep them a step away from the action and emotion of a scene. Check out these common filtering phrases that keep readers at a distance.
Because they’re so simple, so common, we overlook some words when we write. Instead, an examination of such words could easily ramp up our writing. The word “it” is one such word. Understand the reasons for reducing the overuse of “it.”