Writing Multi-layered Fiction

Writing Multi-layered Fiction

Every story features a character whose actions or inactions influence not only that character but those around her. In the best stories, these influences ripple outwards, to the character’s community, her ethnic group and out to the universe. These multi-layered stories tend to elicit the deepest reader emotional response. Writing Tip for Today: Writing multi-layered […]

Keeping Writing Resolutions

Keeping Writing Resolutions

  Writing passion, enthusiasm and confidence take a lot of energy to maintain. Here it is, two days into the new year, and already I’m wondering how I’ll keep my three best writing resolutions for 2017. Like those who jump to the gym only to abandon it, I’m wary of losing whatever momentum a resolution […]

Breaking Back into Writing

Breaking Back into Writing

Six long weeks ago, I underwent major surgery. Just before, I was certain it would take me a couple of weeks to recover. Then I’d get back to work. Ha! It’s taken me every day of the four to six-week recovery time the surgeon advised. So how do I get back to my writing life? […]

Writing Tip Classics: Dialogue

Dahlias in my front yard. With my husband so ill and in and out of hospital, I thought I’d publish a “classic” from this blog. Here’s one on writing dialog: I’m reading a new writing technique book by James Scott Bell, called Revision and Self-Editing for Publication. It’s not bad, although I am mostly seeing […]

Camera Angles in Fiction Writing

Camera Angles in Fiction Writing

Most novel writers have heard that their scenes should be cinematic. You want readers to imagine what they are reading as a film playing in their heads or as John Gardner said, “the continuous dream.” If your scenes are to be cinematic, you will need to know where the camera is in every scene. Writing […]

Past Tense v. Present Tense

Past Tense v. Present Tense

Most novels feature the viewpoint character telling the story using the past tense. Yet more and more, readers are embracing present tense fiction. Novel writers need to understand tenses and how to best utilize them in their work. Writing Tip for Today: What are the pros and cons of each tense? Past Tense  Using a […]

3 Ways to Pitch Your Novel (but not in the trash)

3 Ways to Pitch Your Novel (but not in the trash)

It’s writing conference season! Across the country, legions of writers will fork over extra cash to gain a 15 minute pitch session with an agent or editor. Picture yourself as a literary agent: You’ve probably flown from far away and have jet lag. Writers slide their manuscripts to you under the bathroom stall. You can’t […]

3 Mistakes Authors Make

3 Mistakes Authors Make

Writers often believe that publishing a book is their highest goal. Not as many new authors know what to do once they hold their book in their hands. Writing Tip for Today: Whatever your present goal is, know that publishing your book is the beginning, not the end of your writing journey. Here are 3 […]

Quilts of LOVE: Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

Quilts of LOVE: Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingMaybelle In StitchesAbingdon Press (March 18, 2014)byJoyce Magnin ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A word from the Author: I am the author of seven novels. Five adult novels and two middle grade readers. I never wanted to do anything else but write and every day I wake up astonished that I […]