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
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…?
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
About conflict I know I have promised a lot of posts in my past posts… about scenes, creature building, priorities, writer’s block… and I will get to them. But as I was writing about the scene, I realize how much information about storytelling needs to be understood just to grasp the notions I am trying… Read More The uncomfort zone
Choosing the right pace This post is a response to a special request. If you would like to special request a post on a particular subject, please click on “Got a question about writing?” in red under the page’s subtitle, and ask your question. All special requests will be treated in the order in which… Read More Story units
Or, the essential difference between being BELIEVABLE and REALISTIC Science-fiction, fantasy, and paranormal writing expose us to worlds that may be similar or vastly different from our own, but which all share one essential trait: some or all of what goes on in there is not, according to the current understanding of the universe and/or… Read More That’s crazy, but I get it