Writing Fight Scenes, Part II

Writing Fight Scenes, Part II

Fight scenes in a story or novel need purpose, rising tension and differing camera angles. But wait! There’s more. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s look at some more features of effective fight scenes. Use Powerful Verbs & Words Fight scenes (literal or figurative) shine when you reach into your word bank for the most powerful […]

Writing Fight Scenes

One of the lessons I learned while writing my first novel was how to stage and execute fight scenes. Whether the fight is physical, verbal or emotional, you can make your fight scene come alive. Writing Tip for Today: Here are some tips for writing effective fight scenes: Purpose Counts One of the basic yet […]

Back in the Scene Writing Chair

Back in the Scene Writing Chair

Hi everyone! Thanks for your patience while I helped out as care giver. Now, as August slips out the door, I’m back and thinking about good scene writing. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s take a look at some common scene problems: Once Isn’t Enough A common scene problem I see is repetition. Repeating either the […]

A Writing Tips Pause

A Writing Tips Pause

First, thanks so much for checking out the writing tips each week. This blog is about ten years old now–I can’t believe I still have stuff to say about the writing life. Due to COVID-19 in my extended (not immediate) family, I’m going to take a couple weeks off to watch my grandkids so my […]

Rewriting Chapter One

Rewriting Chapter One

In the last few posts we’ve gone through “big picture” rewriting and the smaller stuff. Perhaps you’ve gone through these revisions multiple times (hurray for you!). One of the last rewrites I usually tackle is my opening: chapter one. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s talk about tips for shining up your novel’s opening in chapter […]

Rewriting: Tightening Your Word Count

Rewriting:  Tightening Your Word Count

When a drafted novel is in the “hot mess” stage, the word count may exceed original expectations. Many times, this problem boils down to the sentence and paragraph level, where repetition, overexplaining and unnecessary description inflates the total word count. But you can fix it! Writing Tip for Today: Let’s talk about ways to trim […]

Rewriting Chapter Endings: Get Readers to Turn the Page

Rewriting Chapter Endings: Get Readers to Turn the Page

Rewriting your scenes will require attention to each chapter’s ending scene. At the end of every chapter, you need your readers to turn the page. Reader engagement will be higher if your last scene in a chapter pulls readers to the next chapter. Writing Tip for Today: Let’s examine a few ways you can improve […]

Rewriting: How to Make Sense of Your Hot Mess

Of course, your rewrite will be a snap—you don’t have a hot mess of a draft. Right? For the rest of us, rewrites can feel overwhelming. Where do you begin? Writing Tip for Today: Here are a few tips for beginning a rewrite of your novel or memoir: Stand Back Storyboard Last post I mentioned […]

Next Steps for Rewriting Your Novel

Any writer who has completed at least one draft of a novel should celebrate. You have done something that few who aspire to publish have done. But what are the next steps? Writing Tip for Today: Let’s talk about next steps in rewriting: Organize Your Manuscript   If you’ve received feedback from an editor or […]