Eclipsing Your Writing

Eclipsing Your Writing

  Take your writing to the next level! Transform your writing! Write a bestseller! We all want to be better writers. In nearly twenty years of helping writers, I’ve offered workshops that promised that next level to my students. After yesterday’s total solar eclipse, some writing coach will no doubt promote a course or workshop […]

How to Rewrite Your Novel

How to Rewrite Your Novel

Whether you’ve been working on your novel for years or you dashed it off during NaNoWriMo, revision has to be the next step after the cooling off period. But where do you start? Today, let’s look at how to begin novel revision. It won’t feel as scary if you have a plan. Writing Tip for […]

Short and Sweet Writing Tips

Short and Sweet Writing Tips

It’s still summertime, a little on the warm side here in the Northwest, so I’m moving a bit slower than usual. But writers still need tips! NanoWriMo (National November Writing Month) will be here before you know it. Writing Tip for Today: Here’s a list of short and sweet tips to help improve your drafted […]

Writing Through the Dog Days

Writing Through the Dog Days

Where I live in Oregon, a heat wave is on the way. It’s supposed to reach one hundred and eight (108!) this week, similar to the temperatures of many of my childhood summers, growing up in Phoenix, Arizona. Air conditioning is everywhere in AZ, but not in Oregon. What’s a writer without AC supposed to […]

Writing Your Fictional Movie

Writing Your Fictional Movie

Last post, we talked about how watching movies can help you improve your fiction. Now let’s highlight some more easy-to-implement techniques borrowed from cinema. Writing Tip for Today: What are some other cinematic techniques for writing fiction? Establishing Shot to Cliffhanger Movies often open with a vista or panorama—that is, the camera starts with a […]

Watch Movies Like a Writer

Watch Movies Like a Writer

In my classes I often use well-known movies to illustrate writing techniques, as do many writing coaches. Being a visual society, we are apt to more easily grasp writing skills if we can picture them unfolding on the screen. If you watch movies as a writer, I guarantee you’ll never approach films or your work […]

Advanced Dialogue Techniques

Advanced Dialogue Techniques

Summertime, and the writing is easy, right? I took a week off but I’m back with more ways to improve your dialogue. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some advanced dialogue techniques you can try: Gender Bender One of the most difficult dialogue techniques to master has to be writing the opposite gender. I think […]

Writing Wow Dialogue

Writing Wow Dialogue

You’ve invented a great character. You’ve given that character grit, a great goal and stiff opposition, wowing your readers. But when the character opens her mouth, does her dialogue measure up? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some easy fixes to take dialogue from weak to wow: Weave It He said. She said. It’s an […]

Writing Truth Part II

Writing Truth Part II

Last week’s post drew a lot of reactions—in these politically charged times, writers are seeing that truth is more important than ever. When we write something that pierces the heart, that makes readers cry, that alters the landscape of who they are at a fundamental level, we have written truth. Writing Tip for Today: Here […]

Writing the Truth

Writing the Truth

  Writers of all stripes must write the truth. Even in fiction, where we make up characters, events and outcomes, truth is important. Except when it’s not. What’s the difference? Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips for writing truthfully in all your work: Fake News Facts If you are writing memoir, creative nonfiction […]