Narrative voice This post is a special request. To make a special request, post it on the wall of the Facebook page, send a private message, or send an email to email@example.com . As you probably already know, narrative voice is the voice in which your story is told. But even though most people already… Read More Who’s telling your story?
Conveying emotion in your writing This post is a special request. To request a post on a particular topic, please visit the Facebook page and leave a message on the wall or send a private message. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Reading a story is an emotional experience. Or at least, it… Read More Once more, with feeling!
Writing unforgettable characters This post is a special request. To ask for a special request, write in the comments, or go to the Facebook page, write on the wall or send a message, or write at email@example.com Writing characters is something that comes naturally, to me. I’m one of these authors that have live people… Read More Oh! I LOVE that guy!!
Dialogue The mastery of good dialogue is one of the most important skills that a writer can have; if you’re a screenwriter, then writing good dialogue is the single most important thing you need to learn. As I have mentioned before in my post about the golden rule of “show, don’t tell”, dialogue is the most… Read More He said, she said
On writer’s block In the past few days, no less than three people have approached me with questions on writer’s block and how to overcome it. I was planning to talk about something entirely different today, and was saving this subject for a later time, but I think when I get the same question from… Read More When words don’t flow
Hello everyone! I’m making a small alteration to the regular schedule of our blog to share something from Anne R. Allen’s excellent blog with you, which you should all read, especially if you are in the early stages of your career: http://annerallen.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-number-one-mistake-new-writers-make.html?spref=tw This is truly sound advice! Don’t let it paralyze you into revising for… Read More Essential advice!
Writing unforgettable scenes The scene is the single most important thing to master in storytelling. Yes, you have to create vivid, unique and unforgettable characters, and yes, you have to master structure to be able to be able to weave a story that makes any sort of sense, but the bottom line is, if you… Read More Remember the part when…?
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The art of evocative description Descriptions are an integral part of any story. They help the reader picture the characters and settings in their minds. But descriptions are a sensitive area, and they are probably the part that is easiest to do very badly. Some descriptions go on forever, others are muddled, and we read… Read More It’s big, and uh… green
The balance between action and exposition I know I promised that this post would be about description, but before I talk about how to make an efficient description, I thought I needed to establish WHEN descriptions might be useful. So today, we’re going to address one of the oldest, most well-known rules of good writing:… Read More Show and tell