How to Write a Novel to the End: Which Point of View Should You Use in Your Novel?Point of view is a window looking into a scene or story from the mindset of a character. Last week in the Which Point of View Should You Use in Your Novel, … Continue Reading ››
Writing a Novel to the End: Writing by the Seat of Your PantsThe number of articles I've written on plotting might give the impression I'm against organic writing, or as it is more popularly termed, pantsing. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The hybrid writing process that I most often use, described in Continue Reading ››
If you've struggled with writing that seems dull, passive, or just plain lifeless and need to know how to breathe life into your story, this post covers techniques that will help you bring it alive.
How to Breathe Life Into Your StoryIf you’ve ever read a passage that drew you with minimal fuss to its story’s heart, … Continue Reading ››
Why do you write? When I asked this question of my Facebook and Twitter friends who write, answers varied. Among them were 'to scratch an itch,' 'because I can't not write,' and 'to stay sane.' Most writers can relate to these motives, however the one that tops them all remained unstated.There's nothing sweeter than being told a … Continue Reading ››
How to Write a Novel to the End: Researching a Novel the Simple WayWhen it comes to research, writers tend to polarize. Some meticulous souls all but camp in libraries while others grab information from the Internet in quick-and-dirty spurts. With a bent toward library haunting, I fall somewhere in between. Researching well requires commitment, … Continue Reading ››
Each night at dinner while on the writing retreat, we're reading portions of the stories we're working on to one another. It's been both entertaining and educational. There are seven of us here, and we all have different styles, but there's one thing we have in common. Each of us writes with emotion. Some manuscripts have … Continue Reading ››