July 1, 2017
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January 25, 2017
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November 11, 2016
Dialogue tags are like punctuation marks - they should be invisible, guiding the reader, but never getting in the way of the story. [read more...]
Want to know the most important thing about writing dialogue in fiction? If it sounds like a conversation you'd hear in the real world, you've gone horribly wrong somewhere. [read more...]
Creating characters is arguably the single-most important part of novel writing. At the very least, knowing how to create a character is as important as plotting a novel. [read more...]
In purely commercial terms, second person point of view is so rarely used in novel writing that you'd have to conclude that there's not a huge market for it. Otherwise everyone would be writing in the "you" of second person! [read more...]
Writing about the weather in your novel, and writing about it well, is critical for an atmospheric story. It's also a great shortcut...
A simple description of storm clouds gathering on the horizon, say, can foreshadow troubled times ahead in the plot and save yards of complicated explanation about the character's mood. [read more...]