Writing is expected to be difficult and difficulty is often idolized as necessary. Rather than question the process, we should welcome the ease and expertise we’ve developed.
Tagged: Writing Craft
The POV you use to write your novel helps shape the narrative and frame the story for maximum impact. Choosing which point of use to employ and being consistent with it are challenging. For clarity on how to use POV, dive into this post by novelist and editor, Kay Keppler.
Writing a story is very similar to building a puzzle. And scenes are the puzzle pieces. Here are some tips to help you sort your puzzle pieces, I mean, scenes.
This is an article is part of an occasional series on planning your novel. Our June course on planning your novel is happening now. You can still join us. I first published this article...
Part of craft is choosing from which perspective, or point of view, you tell your story. Your choices are first, second, or third person (limited or omniscient). Each has its strengths and drawbacks. Well, okay, second person has no strengths, only drawbacks, unless you’re writing how-to manuals. In that case, carry on. Fiction people, you have choices to make.
Authors have a job to do and they have to fool readers in order to do it. In good writing, the author seems to disappear and the reader gets lost in the story. It’s as if the story is telling itself. Yet author convenience, or author intrusion, breaks through the story veil and doesn’t let the reader get caught up in the story.
Hello, wonderful readers. It’s my turn once again to speak about what’s on my mind about the writing craft and the secret to productivity. To me, being prolific is like a runaway train that still knows where the station is. It may be going at breakneck speed but it’s on a set of rails and it knows where to stop.
Welcome to the another article in the Craft series, this one by Bobbye Terry, a frequent guest columnist at the Writer’s Fun Zone. // “Mixing humor with suspense?” you ask. “Surely you jest.” No, I don’t. For one of the few times in print, I’m completely serious.
As I stated in yesterday’s post, many of us read to escape. As authors it’s our job to provide that escape to our readers. Many authors get caught up in telling the reader about an experience. But actually what creates the experience of escape is allowing us to feel the story.