How to Handle Surprises

How to Handle Surprises

Most people like surprises. For this discussion, we’re going to ignore the ones who don’t. We’re also going to skip discussing unpleasant surprises, like finding the last page of a book missing, or a sudden abandonment of the main plot.   So how...
3 Tips on How to Write a Setting

3 Tips on How to Write a Setting

Without a setting, your story takes place on a blank stage, with characters and actions without a backdrop. But how to go about presenting your setting is a balancing act. What’s the right mix? Appropriate to the Story Your description of scene needs to convey...
5 More Self-Editing Tips

5 More Self-Editing Tips

A while back a gave a list of tips for authors who wanted to edit their own work before sending it out to an editor. Well, here are 5 more tips for those of you who want to make your best effort at fixing your own manuscripts before pawning the work off on someone...
3 Tips to Remove Yourself From Your Dialogue

3 Tips to Remove Yourself From Your Dialogue

Have you ever read a book where every character sounds the same? How about one where the main character has a set of beliefs that they work into every conversation? You might be noticing signs of an unfortunate foible of writers: injecting themselves into their...
The 3 P’s That Will Help Your Writing Career

The 3 P’s That Will Help Your Writing Career

More people want careers in writing than actually have them. Many are trying to bridge the gap between wanting and having. There is no magic formula (though if you can manage to catch lightning in a bottle, it couldn’t hurt), but there are things that will help...