Writing Back Story

Writing Back Story

While I’m away teaching at a conference, you might review the elements of writing back story in your fiction. Writing Tip for Today: Back story, or FLASHBACK, can lift your fiction–or sink it. Here are some tips: WHERE THE ACTION IS The question I get often is how readers can possibly sympathize with the Main […]

Writing Your Character to Life

Writing Your Character to Life

Many, if not all, writers begin their fiction with a character. In a writer’s mind, this character is a living, breathing person—seems so easy. But is she unforgettable? Bringing that character to life on the page takes extra effort. Writing Tip for Today: Here are three tips to help you write an unforgettable character: Unforgettable […]

Writing Your Character’s POV

Writing Your Character’s POV

  Point of View or POV, is one fiction area where many writers get confused. But getting viewpoint right doesn’t have to be a problem. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s review basic POVs and what they mean to writers and to readers: I, You, He, She, Us? The “I” voice, or First Person, has gained […]

Writing Your Character’s Inner World

Writing Your Character’s Inner World

  The key to a compelling character relies on a balance between the character’s outer life (what happens to her) and inner life (what happens in her). Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at some easy ways to create a winning inner life for your character: Light the Fire One of the most common mistakes […]

Writing a Believable Character

Writing a Believable Character

Writers of fiction must create a believable character, no matter the genre. Yet some interesting dilemmas arise when the character is constrained by history, by the future or even by contemporary standards. Writing Tip for Today: How can writers create believable characters, yet still appeal to present-day and future readers? Let’s look at some ideas: […]

Beta Readers: What Should Writers Look For?

Beta Readers: What Should Writers Look For?

  Writers hear a lot about “Beta Readers” these days. A Beta Reader is someone (ideally NOT related to you!) who agrees to read through your revised and polished manuscript and then offer feedback. But writing is a curious pastime—it can be very subjective. Do you know what to look for when gathering your Beta […]

Your Writing’s Driver

Your Writing’s Driver

I recently got an alert on my computer: Warning—your driver is out of date. It got me thinking about what drives my writing. Passion, to be sure, and in fiction, characters who just can’t stop doing what they’re doing. What about your work? Who’s driving your stories? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s examine other “drivers” […]

Market Your Writing Right

Market Your Writing Right

  With traditional publishing changing so quickly, many writers turn to independent or self-publishing to get their work out there. OK, it’s “out there.” Now what? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s discuss a few easy ways to market your work: But It’s on Amazon I do a lot of coaching, and many who have self-pubbed […]

Writing Deep POV

Writing Deep POV

  Writers of fiction hear the term “Deep POV” bandied about on writing sites and in critique groups. Brave writers will whisper, “Psst. What’s deep POV anyway?” Some say it’s leaving out obvious sensory info. Others point to lack of dialogue tags and close-up camera shots. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s demystify Deep POV and […]

Is Your Writing Project Book Worthy?

Is Your Writing Project Book Worthy?

Recently a literary agent (not mine) commented on an essay I wrote that is part of a book proposal. “This isn’t a book,” she said, “but a magazine article.” I disagree and so does my literary agent, but the comment reminded me of a dilemma many writers face: how to tell if your idea is […]