A Few things Writers Shouldn’t Do

Here we are again, and it is already the end of April – this year is flying by! (It hasn’t helped that my COVID vaccines knocked me flat for an entire week after each one.) Recently, I read an article on Writer’s Digest regarding ‘Things a Writer Should Never Do.’ The report was particularly timelyContinue reading “A Few things Writers Shouldn’t Do”

Build your Antagonist to be a Powerful Force

Over the next few posts, we will examine the importance of building the characters who will carry your novel’s storyline. (Short stories may not have all these characters due to the length and focus of the storyline.) There are FOUR-character types (the Protagonist, the Antagonist, the Love Interest, and Other Characters) who will populate theContinue reading “Build your Antagonist to be a Powerful Force”

Creating a Strong Protagonist

Over the next few posts, we will examine the importance of building the characters who will carry your novel’s storyline. (Short stories may not have all these characters due to the length and focus of the storyline.) There are FOUR-character types, (the Protagonist, the Antagonist, the Love Interest, and Other Characters) who will populate theContinue reading “Creating a Strong Protagonist”

The Three Things Readers want from Writers

Have you ever started to write a story or even a novel, and as you begin, you wonder what will make your story stand out? What is it that readers are looking for that will keep them turning the page? Readers are looking for a) Entertainment, b) Challenge, and c) Surprise. But how can youContinue reading “The Three Things Readers want from Writers”

Good Advice from Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar is an American author of children’s books. He was born on 20 March 1954. (This information comes from his website, and I think it is sound advice for authors wishing to write children’s books.) After graduating from law school, Sachar practiced law part-time while writing children’s books. In 1989, he became a full-time writer. HeContinue reading “Good Advice from Louis Sachar”

Are you an Over Writer?

It isn’t always easy to identify whether you overwrite, so here are a few clues: Your description language is overblown. Does your narration obliterate any ‘showing’ of your story? While descriptions are essential to set the scene, they shouldn’t be in a block of narrative. USE your CHARACTERS to describe the scene. Are you describing theContinue reading “Are you an Over Writer?”

Writing Three-Dimensional Characters

Every story has characters. The richness of your writing depends on how you go about developing that character into a three-dimensional being. Today, I’m going to discuss one way to go about creating characters that will make your story shine. First of all, what makes a three-dimensional character? It all comes down to your proseContinue reading “Writing Three-Dimensional Characters”

The Starting Point – Effective Writing

One of the easiest ways to self-edit is to begin with effective writing. While you are writing the second and third drafts, you need to concentrate on the principles I will discuss in this blog. Currently, I’m editing the short stories that are coming in for the latest Anthology – 2021 Indie Authors’ Short StoryContinue reading “The Starting Point – Effective Writing”