Category Archives: Writing Improvement

All in a Word

When first entering the field of professional writing in 1961 as a newspaper reporter, the reading level of Americans was 5th grade, and that’s how we crafted a story. In the ensuing fifty-six years it hasn’t gotten much better. National statistics are rather glum. Currently . . …. Read more »

From Where You Stand – POV

Think of your plot as a stream, your characters are in boats carried downstream by the current. The spectators are your readers, and the play-by-play announcer is . . .? How the action is called depends on the perspective, or the point of view of the person hired… Read more »

Paint Them Real

The main job of a writer is to create characters with whom the reader can relate using the only tool available—words. We have all experienced the sights and feel of emotions which we should  be able to convey in order to connect that bond between reader and character…. Read more »

The Little Things

When writing your story, the big holidays like Christmas or Mardi Gras sometimes slip in, but there are a whole lot more little things, if taken into consideration, could enhance the plot—either adding color, tension, relief, opportunity for action, or become a hindrance. Theses little things are often overlooked which… Read more »

Anger — maybe Fear

Unless you are writing a Mary Poppins story, anger is very likely going appear in your story. As the intent is for the reader to connect with the character, knowing about anger will help better craft the emotion. What Is It? Anger is a natural response to perceived… Read more »

Helpful Punctuation

Over the years of trying to help aspiring writers, one of the first suggestions is for them to acquire a copy of the Chicago Manual of Style—the “Bible” for writing and publishing since 1906. (The_Chicago_Manual_of_Style). Those who do not use it will head-butt with real editors or agents…. Read more »

Worth of Dreams

I like to try something different each time a new story is begun. While using the YA genre as a base, the topics, locals, and message are far flung. Even a venture into a series was approached with a different twist. With that warning, the work underway should… Read more »

Keep Asking

Melanie Phillips of Storymind wrote “By necessity, authors are so focused on what they are putting into their stories that they often don’t think about what isn’t there. Yet, the early stages of story development only create a framework – a skeleton – and for a story to… Read more »

That Time Again

“I’m going to go to the gym 3X a week.” “I’m going to lose 30#.” “I’m going to …” make a bunch of self-improvement promises/plans and forget them by March. The New Year Resolution is the annual attempt at self-improvement that annually fall face first in the plate… Read more »

The Prologue

Do I need a prologue? That is the question aspiring writers usually don’t even bother to ask, they just prologue. And what does the reader generally get—boring back-story. Not a very good way to start when facing such fierce competition. In ancient Greek plays the prologue was a big… Read more »

Enough Said

Pinterest.com Do a search on these for a start: writing, writing editing  If you are not signed up on this site, it would be a good move to further your technique. It’s free. Create your own board(s). They can be public for any and all to see, or private just… Read more »

The Writer’s Library

Anyone serious about writing wants to improve, and each succeeding story or novel should reflect that goal. In order to become better, writers look to other successful writers. The Internet is a treasure trove of golden information. It is also chock full of lead. As we are still… Read more »

Writer Gods

Writers of fiction are omnipotent (all powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and on occasion, impotent (writer’s blocked), all-in-all, akin to the most creative force in the cosmos with the ability to create whole universes of worlds and populated with all sorts of creatures. They can guide and nurture their creations… Read more »

Where is Waldo

The game of Where Is Waldo can be very frustrating at times until finding the one guy among hundreds that stands out because he is quite distinctive. The most important element of a story is your character, whether animate or inanimate because it carries the plot from beginning… Read more »

Method Acting in Writing

Recently a niece who is also an author and artists posted this on FaceBook: “Writing this novel is an interesting adventure. I’m getting to know these characters as they grow and change. Today as I was writing a particular scene I felt like I was there like I was… Read more »