Funny, irreverent, somber, scary, sassy, reverent, childlike. I could do on forever with adjectives describing different writing styles. Style is wonderful. It gives stories something extra and distinguishes them from the works of other writers That is, it's wonderful as long as the author remembers the huge 'don't that goes with using styl and that is... don't… Continue reading Style
How many times have you been asked what you're writing now? Friends want to know. Family wants to know. Publishers want to know. Editors want to know. But no one wants to stand around for the better part of an hour as you ramble on about your present work in progress. They want the short,… Continue reading The Essence In One Sentence
This tip can be summed up in a simple question. If you don't like your characters, why would anyone else like them? Did I say a simple question? Actually, this advice isn't simplistic at all. Lots of writers think they'd never create a character they didn't like, then they go right ahead and do so… Continue reading Liking Your Characters
You have an outline of some sort. Whatever works for you. And you're following it as faithfully as your characters will let you. You know where you came from and where you're going. But no journey is without side trips, problems, unexpected stops and whatever else must be dealt with because things happen. The oops… Continue reading What Wouldn’t Happen?
I remember one workshop I attended on how to write fiction. It was put on by two very knowledgeable women who have given many, many such workshops. The fee wasn't much but I considered myself fortunate to get a seat because there are long waiting lists to get into their workshops. I learned a few… Continue reading Ignore Your First Idea
Common advice for writers is to put the seat of their pants on the seat of a chair and turn on their computer and start writing. This advice always gets a good laugh because everyone knows writing good fiction is a lot more complex than that. But it's good advice nevertheless. Some day when the… Continue reading Not In The Mood To Write?
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CR0K4CU Review of Witches Bell Book One by Odette C Bell I liked the way this book was written, the breezy, casual conversations and descriptions. I didn't like that the entire book was written in that same style. I like a bit of change now and then. But that's a personal choice, other people might… Continue reading Witches Bell Book One by Odette C Bell
One of the most common pieces of advice given to new writers is to write what they know. What they are familiar with. It's good advice but all by itself this advice comes up short. When given this advice, writers should ask why they should do so. The answer is simple. Because every writer is… Continue reading You Are In Your Stories
Exclamation points have a place! But they should be used sparingly! They shouldn't be found at the end of every sentence! Or even every once in a while! Even if you feel what you're saying is important! Because that would be overdoing the point of exclamation points! See what I mean? Too many exclamation points… Continue reading The Point of Exclamation Points!
Happy belated Fourth of July, everyone. I hope you had as safe and sane a holiday as we did. To be honest, I hope your Fourth was as safe as ours but maybe more sane. We spent it selling fudge and fudge-filled banana bread (try it, it's wonderful!) at a local outdoor celebration because our daughter… Continue reading Give Your Characters Opinions