Romance Writing, The Craft of Writing, the craft of writing fiction

Are first person novels more personal?

This is a personal answer. How it seems to me. Other writers may see things differently. I believe first person novels are more personal, not because of anything intrinsic about the writing itself but, rather, because the act of writing in the first person takes the author deeply into the view-point character’s mind, thoughts, feelings,… Continue reading Are first person novels more personal?

Romance Writing, Short Story, The Craft of Writing, the craft of writing fiction, The Writing Life, Writing Fiction

What are some good writing exercises? I stopped writing a few years back and would like to start again.

If you haven’t written for a while, the first thing to do is consider your life today. How much time do you have for writing and when during the day or night would be the best time to write? This can be important because if you don’t schedule writing for when you have the time,… Continue reading What are some good writing exercises? I stopped writing a few years back and would like to start again.

The Craft of Writing, the craft of writing fiction

What are some good tips for writing a fantasy novel?

The fantasy genre is huge and varied. So first you should figure out which sub-genre you will choose. There’s High Fantasy, with speech and word patterns that somewhat resemble old English and usually involve royalty and royal magic. There’s Urban Fantasy that’s contemporary, though it may or may not take place in a city. There’s… Continue reading What are some good tips for writing a fantasy novel?

Romance Writing, the craft of writing fiction

How do you stay organized when conveying your thoughts in writing, and is it really that important to the reader?

Absolutely, it’s important to the reader! If your mind is messy, your writing will also be messy. But whether you organize consciously or unconsciously isn’t important. All that matters is that you know what you wish to say and that you say it competently and succinctly so your reader will know exactly what’s in your… Continue reading How do you stay organized when conveying your thoughts in writing, and is it really that important to the reader?