Category Archives: Writing Improvement

Copyright — Explained

From time to time the subject of copyright law comes up either as a direct question or within an online conversation. Yes, I have a degree in Constitutional Law. Yes, I served as a special prosecutor for the US Government. I know criminal law, not copyright law. I am familiar… Read more »

Physical Love

Helpful information when writing love scenes (in and out of the bedroom)

Staying in Love

This is the third post about love and lust. When writing about the relationship of individuals, showing some of these events will help your story ring true.

Rule Makers Rankle

One thing that rankles my muse are writers who think their way is the only way because they’ve sold a few books. The results are all these “6 Ways to do this,” or 8 Ways to do that.” Here is an example. “10 things you should watch out… Read more »

Photo Prompts

Depending on the length of your work, when creating characters, there are a lot of things that should be added to the physical description—things beyond the usual hair and eye color, height and weight, and clothes. For now, I write earth-bound characters, but what follows can be tailored… Read more »

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 »