Novel Ideas: #14 “Dogs Must Live!”

You may think you have a perfectly rational reason for killing a dog in your novel. Maybe he’s a very large, rabid dog. Death would be a blessing. Or maybe he’s a devoted guard dog, destined to give his life in loyal service to his human family. So, really, in both of those cases you […]

Novel Ideas: #1 “Start Writing”

Those first words are critical, aren’t they? (Hell, I tried and tossed a dozen different sentences to start this post!} The writing is easy enough. Describe a character. Outline the plot. Picture a setting with vivid details. Blow up a building. Simple, huh? There’s a difference, though, between driving around the neighborhood admiring the scenery […]

Consider these three ways to Kill Your Readers

This is a guest post by author/editor Katharine Trauger You probably would prefer NOT to kill your readers. But you might be a reader murderer without realizing it. Here’s your personal “cheat sheet” for avoiding three hidden ways you might be killing your readers. Living readers love a well-written essay. You know those elegant pieces of […]

If you’ve ever written a story…

If you’ve ever written a story, Go see Saving Mr. Banks. If you’ve ever written a story about love, or about love and loss, or about joy and sorrow, whether your story was long or short, epic or small… If you’ve ever written a story that moved you to laughter or tears, Go see Saving […]

Writing and Weaving: How’s your warp and weft?

…the art of weaving has some strong parallels to the craft of writing Do you feel like your writing has become unexciting and one-dimensional? Sometimes we get so focussed with getting words onto paper that we forget to consciously work on our craft, and our writing begins to feel stale. Fortunately, thinking about your writing […]

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