What are female character cliches to avoid?

There are no cliches to avoid, male or female. None. Cliches exist because they clue the reader into the character being described quickly and easily. That can be a good thing because it saves time and effort that can be put to better use telling the story. The thing is, do a good job of …

Continue reading What are female character cliches to avoid?

I’m writing a novel and I’m finding it hard to make my chapters long enough, I’m currently on a 2 page long fight scene to start my book and I want to to at least break 4 pages, any ideas?

Common problem. Trust me on that. Take a walk. Get away from your computer and stop staring at that dratted screen. While walking and enjoying the weather and the trees and the beautiful birds overhead, think about your story. Dig deeper. Get inside the head of each and every protagonist in that fight scene. What …

Continue reading I’m writing a novel and I’m finding it hard to make my chapters long enough, I’m currently on a 2 page long fight scene to start my book and I want to to at least break 4 pages, any ideas?

Is it better to get all of your ideas out and write a novel quickly, or to spend years in the process of curating the story and its elements?

Depends. Some writers work best slowly and carefully, deciding each and every element and making sure the whole things works together. Others work best just sitting down and letting it all come out in one huge, whoosh. It’s a personality thing, not a writer thing. So go with whatever works for you.

How do you write fiction with memorable dialogue?

 You make the dialogue short, simple and to the point. You cross out, delete, or otherwise remove anything that’s extraneous. When you finish, you go back over the dialogue and mentally check that it truly does say what you want your character to say and not one single word more. In other words, your characters …

Continue reading How do you write fiction with memorable dialogue?

Why is there a need of inserting sensory details in a creative literary work? How does it affect the interest or readers in a piece of work?

 Because it personalizes the story. Because most readers have had similar experiences and the evocation of the senses brings back those experiences and makes the story more real, sharper, and more personal. And that’s the goal of every writer. To bring the reader into the story.

In writing fiction, are flashbacks a good or bad way of revealing a main character’s tragic past?

Flashbacks work and are often essential for the reader to understand what’s going on and the actions of the character in question. I learned what I consider to be a better way when writing short stories. Because short stories are short. Every word is important. Can’t waste words on long, involved flashbacks. But a writer …

Continue reading In writing fiction, are flashbacks a good or bad way of revealing a main character’s tragic past?

As someone born in 1996 how do I write a story set in the late 1970s?

You do a lot of research and then you use your imagination. The 1970s is a recent enough period that many people from that time are still around and in sound mental health. And most of them would love to sit around and talk your ear off about their lives. Which is wonderful because you’ll …

Continue reading As someone born in 1996 how do I write a story set in the late 1970s?

What is the worst fiction writing advice you’ve heard?

The worst fiction writing advice I’ve ever heard —- and the best fiction writing advice I’ve ever heard — is to write about what you love. It’s very easy to get so caught up in the enjoyment of writing about something you love that you can go on forever and bore your reader to death. …

Continue reading What is the worst fiction writing advice you’ve heard?

Is it possible to write a novel or short story that doesn’t perpetuate stereotypes?

 It’s not a matter of stereotypes. It’s a matter of whether the characters are described well or not so well. Good writing will turn them into archetypes and become the best and most representative of the group they belong to, whatever that group may be. Poor writing will make them stereotypes worthy of laughter and …

Continue reading Is it possible to write a novel or short story that doesn’t perpetuate stereotypes?

What’s the importance of making story writing a hobby?

My answer is a bit round-about, but stick with me, there's a point at the end. When I first started writing as a career, I found that I ‘wrote out’ a lot of things from my past. Okay, I’ve had an easy, comfortable life but, like with everyone, there were a few things that were …

Continue reading What’s the importance of making story writing a hobby?