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 »

Tag – They’re It

Some will tell you to limit the number of characters thus avoiding readers becoming lost, but how does an author manage that when creating the crew of a ship representing many nationalities? I suppose a writer could focus on only a couple. Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Trek, Harry Potter, and… Read more »

SNAP, CRACKLE, AND POP

Previously, time has been spent discussing the importance of the beginning of the story, in particular the first paragraph, the first page, and the first 10% of the story. What has not been considered is THE END. During initial story development it is important for the protagonist and… Read more »

The Most Important Parts

“The number of books being published in the U.S. has exploded. Bowker reports that over one million (1,052,803) books were published in the U.S. in 2009, which is more than triple the number of books published four years earlier (2005) in the U.S. (April 14, 2010 Bowker Report). More… Read more »

Who Are These People?

A lot of time is spent in this eFile addressing the issue of creating characters. Simply put, they carry the plot to its conclusion. What you create is important and deserves to have the right actors in the storyline. How much time and how much detail should a writer… Read more »