Every novel projects the opinions of its author while creating a certain atmosphere for readers. These elements are known as the story tone and mood. While both reinforce the main story theme, they are two different things. Their interrelated nature can make telling them apart confusing, but it’s not difficult once you understand them. Knowing how to use story tone and mood is an important skill that contributes to a mastery of plot structure. Continue Reading>>
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Your job as a novel writer is to structure its many elements into a cohesive whole that will transport your readers. You want to pace your story well. The plot must unfold at the right pace, progressing in a logical order. Continue Reading>>
Writing descriptions within a story can be a lot like painting a picture. You labor over the process, but the end result never quite matches the scene you envisioned. In my view, the ability to speak a world into existence comes as a gift from the Author of Creation, who did it first and best. Continue Reading>>
Mantled in the half-light, shadowed at its edges, a garden at dusk whispers mysteries. It is a place to walk, reflect, conspire, love, pray, and more. If you as a writer need to find inspiration, a garden is one of the best places to search. Let’s go inside, shall we? Continue Reading>>
You don’t know what you don’t know, but a good editor will teach you. That’s why I’m the first to recommend letting one save you from yourself. The topic of edits is much on my mind lately. One of the challenges of having two publishers is back-to-back edits on multiple book projects. That’s been my situation since January. I’m probably feeling a little rebellious after all that toeing the line, hence this article. Continue Reading>>
You decide that today is the day. Come hell or high water, you’re going to make progress on the manuscript you’ve neglected for the past week while other matters intruded. You are off work and the kids have school for the next six hours. Ah, luxury! You have all day to write. Continue Reading>>
Here’s your chance to weigh in on exactly what you want to read about at Live Write Breathe and how you want the information delivered. I’m planning to double down and add even more value to the site this year, but I need to know what topics you want me to cover. Anything writing-related is on the table, so tell me what interests you. Continue Reading>>
I didn’t plan to write at three times my normal pace when I went on a writing retreat this month, but that’s exactly what I did. It’s important to evaluate your successes to find out what you right. That way you can hopefully continue to replicate it. I thought you might enjoy being in on my analysis, so I’m evaluating what caused my writing productivity increase in this update. Here are the pertinent factors: Continue Reading>>
It’s annoying, right? Infuriating too. When was the last time you didn’t beat yourself up, because you struggle to fit enough writing into your day to meet your word count goal and put words down? When was the last time you weren’t left feeling guilty that you hadn’t done any writing at all? Continue Reading>>