Writing Tips

More on Dialogue

People talk. So do characters in novels and other works of fiction. And one of the most important things you can do to make reading…

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Switching Genres

There are two times in your life as a writer when you will very possibly find yourself switching from one genre to another. Embrace the…

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Point of View

In writing fiction, you’re telling a story from a particular perspective. That’s a point of view (POV). The point of view you use matters. It…

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Killing Your Characters

There is a hierarchy among your characters – main, secondary, occasional, and cameos. Some are killable, and others aren’t, or so many literary “experts” say.…

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More on Characters

What’s a work of fiction without at least one character? Nothing. Bupkis. Nada. Zip. Zilch. So, let’s dive into what a character is. Seems obvious,…

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When Inspiration Hits

Inspiration can hit anytime, anywhere, and it usually comes at some of the most inopportune moments. These include when you’re lying back trying to sleep,…

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Crafting Your Characters

You have a great plot. You’ve written the perfect opening where Billy kills Johnny – an opening that will hook a prospective reader instantly. (See…

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Conversation vs. Text

Conversation in fiction is something we writers have to handle differently in several ways than the fiction text itself. Grammar Grammar in conversation is looser…

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Style vs. Knowledge

I recently tried to read a new novel where the author had avoided using quotation marks. After reading about half a chapter, I stopped. Trying…

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Readers often wonder what inspires an author. I certainly do. For example, I wonder what inspired an author to write about a ghostly gunslinger dead…

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