Novelist Keri Kruspe tells us about 3 tools she uses for writing and how they can help anyone write faster. These tools may totally change the way you plot, write, and edit your novel!
How to Greatly Improve Your Manuscript with Revision and Feedback, Interview with Bonnie Johnston by Karen Ferreira
Discover how to greatly improve your manuscript with revision and feedback with these step-by-step tips in this interview with writing teacher Bonnie Johnston by Karen Ferreira.
Tighten Up Your Story’s Sagging Middle – I’m not referring to the end result of inviting Ben and Jerry over every night of the week. I’m referring to fixing your manuscript’s middle sag.
You’ve finished your book. After all the hard work, you need a great title. But writing a title is a lot different from writing a full-length novel or even a short story. Writing a title takes creativity, but it isn’t storytelling—it’s marketing. Your potential readers see a title before they see anything in chapter one, and it has to hook them. Companies spend fortunes on finding the right name for new products—names that will resonate with consumers—and so should you.
A few months ago I decided on an exercise challenge. After two years of bi-weekly handstand classes I still could not balance on my own in the center of the room. After asking experts I was told, “you need to practice every single day no matter what, for a minimum of two minutes a day. If you do this, in six months to a year you’ll have your handstands.”
There are multiple kinds of truth, in fiction as in life. As fiction writers, we move as close to the truth as possible without ever quite veering into truth entirely (otherwise we’d be writing nonfiction). One kind of truth emanates from a realism of scene and detail. By identifying with familiar settings and character traits, readers are pulled into a story and become personally attached to it.