Writing Craft

Writing mistakes ruining your prose

Writing mistakes ruining your prose

No matter how great your plot is, bad prose will sink it fast.

Engaging readers from the First Sentence part 2

Engaging readers from the First Sentence part 2

There are plenty of ways to ruin your first chapter. Avoiding these common problems will get your opening pages one step closer to that coveted request

Engaging Readers from the First Sentence

Engaging Readers from the First Sentence

Tips to avoid bad beginnings and engage readers from the first sentence.

Why Writing Advice is Ruining your Manuscript

Why Writing Advice is Ruining your Manuscript

Bad writing advice, and even good advice that doesn’t work for your story, can completely ruin your manuscript. Trying too hard to follow someone else’s writing rules is letting someone else author your story.

Deep POV gets you into a character’s head

Deep POV gets you into a character’s head

Not every story needs deep POV, but some stories can’t be told without it

Use Conflict to Propel Your Story Forward

Use Conflict to Propel Your Story Forward

Stories have to have a conflict. Without conflict, there’s no tension, and, frankly, no reason for anyone to read your story.

Is Overused I-Construction making your MC a narcissist?

Is Overused I-Construction making your MC a narcissist?

The most frequent problem I see with drafts written in first person is the overuse of I-construction sentences, or its close cousin, “me” as object.

Writing Rebelliously

Writing Rebelliously

Writers should take more chances. Straying from the formula and worrying less about what will sell. Writers should listen to their own stories and do what the story demands.

Plot Convenience

Plot Convenience

Who’s in charge of your character’s life? It might not be who you think.

Use Scene Goals to create a deeper world

Use Scene Goals to create a deeper world

Using scene goals to create a deeper world.