We have some holiday gifts!
Last year I visited the Salt Lake Comic Con. In one panel, I was asked, “Who inspired you to become a writer.” I’ve been asked that question many times before, so I knew the answer, but before I could speak up, I had a realization: More than anyone else, I inspired myself.
8 ways to garner reviews.
If you’re going to base a story around a familiar concept, one that others have used often, you need to really own the idea, twist it in a way that makes it new.
A few times in the past week, people have asked questions such as, “If there were just one thing that I needed to know to become a great writer, what would it be?”
Recently, several people asked me to share my list, the one that I created with story standards that helped me win writing contests.
Dealing with criticism that is just plain wrong.
An author has to take criticism as part of his job. That isn’t always easy. After all, if you get too much criticism, a couple of things happen.
Sometimes you’re not in the mood to write, but you know that you should. Maybe you’ve set a goal and hope to reach it, or you’re on a deadline. Here are a few strategies that you can use to get started.
Every so often, I will be writing along on a tale (often with a new novel), and suddenly find myself “stuck.” I can’t seem to write another word. Most of you know what that’s like.
Whenever you express an idea, you can look at the poetry of your language, your use of diction, your originality, and compare it to other samples of the same idea.
Many times as an editor, I will look at a scene and ask myself: “Does this scene belong? Does it move the story along? Does it change the story in new and exciting ways?” Too often, the answer is, “No, it’s wasted text.”
In your rewrites, take the opportunity to add as many virtues to your work as possible.
National Novel Writing Month starts the first of November, and a couple of times in the past week I’ve had people ask, “How can I make the most of nanowrimo?”
Today I'm going to discuss a bit about what I call “grounding” the reader. Quite simply, grounding is the fine art of letting the reader know what is going on.
The truth is that most of us have some gifts, and we often tend to discount the ones that we do have. We’re so eager to improve that we don’t take into account what we’ve accomplished.
When you’re writing a tale, it almost always turns out better if you get deep into the head of your protagonist and tell the story from that person’s point of view. This is especially true if you have multiple protagonists.
I’ve read a lot of books on characterization, including some that have been excellent. Yet so often, I read these books and feel that the author has missed something. You see, the book often deals with how to create a character, and invites the author to think about characters in isolation.
When you’re describing a setting, it’s important to bring the scene to life. Part of bringing a scene to life, though, is to explore how your character feels about the setting.