Writing Craft

Hire The Manuscript Shredder

Hire The Manuscript Shredder

Get Shredded! The Manuscript Shredder is always looking for new pages to get her claws into.  Opening pages are the gateway to getting an agent’s attention. If these aren’t hitting the mark, your story will never get out of the slush pile. This is where […]

Scene Structure

Scene Structure

Structuring your scene correctly is the secret to writing an engaging story. Make sure your scenes have these essential elements

Getting Out of an Editing Loop

Getting Out of an Editing Loop

How authors can avoid the endless revision/rewriting trap. Editing loop:How to identify it, how to get out, and when to let a project go

Bending the Timeline

Bending the Timeline

Too often writers unintentionally bend the reader’s sense of time. In deep POV, these mistakes create distance by jarring the reader’s connection with the character’s experience. Watch out for these micro-time trips.

Amnesia as a plot device-authortoolbox

Amnesia as a plot device-authortoolbox

Using amnesia in your story can lead to a contrived plot. Without proper preparation, readers will be left annoyed and confused. Don’t fall into this trap. Follow these simple tips

Eliminating Word Crutches

Eliminating Word Crutches

Every writer has words or phrases that habitually show up in their work. These crutches bog down a manuscript and make it feel repetitive. Don’t let overused words ruin your novel

Beta readers: When to Ignore Them

Beta readers: When to Ignore Them

Having too many beta readers swamps the new writer with advice, and that isn’t always helpful. Don’t let beta feedback trap you in an endless editing loop. Learn to evaluate writing advice and take back control of your story.

Realistically Introducing Magic-authortoolbox

Realistically Introducing Magic-authortoolbox

Introducing your readers to your magic system takes careful consideration. Don’t blindside them with the supernatural. Prepare them properly and they will be ready to believe anything.

Revision Checklist Printable

Revision Checklist Printable

Getting stuck in an editing loop can destroy your forward momentum. This printable revision checklist will keep you on track by  helping you do the right edits in the right order.

Avoiding Stage Directions

Avoiding Stage Directions

In novels, “stage directions” are sections where the author begins listing a character’s visible actions without giving the thoughts or feelings associated with them. As a result, the reader is bombarded with useless information, unable to discern which actions are meaningful.