Think of each scene in your novel like a story in itself. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. But just like a story, each chapter must have a reason to be told. It might be beautifully written, display new qualities about your characters, have action, romance, and adventure. But does it have purpose? How does the chapter help progress your main plotline? [Read more…]
Archives for February 2013
Here’s your Fun Fact Friday, umm… fact.
Did you know…
That the Bronte sisters published under the male names Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell because of the prejudice against female writers in their time?
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” (Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet).
Would it really, Bill? Would it still conjure the same images of soft, silky petals, and sweet floral scents if, instead of calling it a rose, we called it a booger stick. I just don’t think it would have the same connotation, do you? [Read more…]
There seems to be two types of writers: the organic writer, and the outline writer.
I’m a firm believer that an outline can help any writer be more efficient. Many view this tool as a destroyer of creativity, as though it turns the writing process into an assembly line. Look at it this way. Your creative brain wrote the outline in the first place, and it will be your creativity that will bring your story to life, each magical chapter, each eloquent sentence. And nothing is set in stone. It’s your story. You can re-evaluate as you go along and revise your outline as needed. [Read more…]
It’s here! Fun Fact Friday!
Did you know…
You can lead a cow up stairs, but not down stairs?
Emus and kangaroos can’t walk backwards?
This got me thinking about how inflexible we can become in regards to writing (Okay, I know I’m reaching here, but bear with me). Our inability to step out of our comfort zone and stretch our skills to the limit can hamper our progress as writers. Writing is an art form. It is an expression of our hearts, our thoughts, and our dreams. So why do we turn something creative and beautiful into that four letter word: work? [Read more…]
Those first few pages of your manuscript can make it or break it. Can draw a potential reader in or push them away. When you browse the bookstore, you don’t open up to the middle of the book where the meat of the action is. You scan the first page to know if you want to read more. If you don’t like what you see, you put it back.
How do you avoid your story being rejected before it even gets read? [Read more…]
That’s right! It’s Fun Fact Friday.
Did you know… the average person spends:
5.42 years driving
9 years watching TV
2 years waiting in line
26 years sleeping [Read more…]
Let’s get down to the specifics. Literally. Another way to weaken your amazing story is by using vague descriptions. I’m not saying you should go on for nine pages about how the sun reflects off your main character’s luxurious golden locks. You can do a lot with very little. [Read more…]
It’s Fun Fact Friday!
Did you know…
There is a writing demon named Titivillus? This patron demon of scribes works for Satan, causing mistakes to pop up in text. He collects these blunders in his sack and takes them to Hell to be used against the transgressor on Judgment Day.
Ummm, should I be worried? [Read more…]