Writing the Right Pace

Writing the Right Pace

  For novelists, pace, or rate of revelation is one of the more advanced writing skills. Knowing how fast or slow to reveal story information, managing time and choosing the right scenes to dramatize can either pace a novel brilliantly or doom it to an excruciating reader experience. Writing Tip for Today: What are some […]

Self-Editing for Writers

Self-Editing for Writers

After you finish writing your first draft, editing it can seem scary and overwhelming. For the final stages, hiring a professional editor can be a wise decision. But before you search out an editor, revise as much as you can. No matter where you are in your writing life, you can learn to self-edit your […]

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 […]