You plotted correctly and it the story is wonderful. You drew from deep within and created the perfect characters to carry your story to conclusion. You kicked everyone out of the house or went to your special hiding place to write. And you put the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair… Continue reading When Nothing Goes Right
In a previous tip, I said you are in every story you write. That's true and knowing and using that fact can make your stories better. Whenever you character gets into a difficult situation... and they always do because stories are about characters in difficult situations... and you are considering various ways for said character… Continue reading WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Coincidences that get characters into trouble are great. Coincidences that get them out is cheating. It's the deus ex machina of the fiction world. Don't know what I'm talking about? Deus ex machina is, almost literally, the 'machine of the gods.' It a device used by opera composers of old when they wrote their characters… Continue reading Deus Ex Machina
You're a professional writer. Or you want to become one. Either way, the payoff is people reading what you write and paying money to purchase it. It's a business, right? But it's more than a business. It's an extension of yourself. If it isn't... if each story you write doesn't have some part of you in… Continue reading The Fire Within
Stories can be boring. Or interesting. They can be perfectly right. Or terribly wrong. Sometimes the only difference is in the mind of the writer during the act of creating said story. If you have any reservations at all about your own story, there's something you can do to figure it out and fix anything that… Continue reading Change Things