Novel Ideas #7: “Setting Builds Foundation”

So you’ve got a cool story to tell, with a crafty plot. Great! Now, where should you “put” it? And does it really matter? Doesn’t Plot outrank Setting, like, totally? Yes and no. Where your story happens can have an enormous influence on everything from pacing and subplots, to secondary characters and their behavior. Can you […]

1000 Words for Winter Storm Nemo in upstate New York

Dateline: FAIRPORT NY Subtitled: Somebody better go back and get us a sh–load o’ shovels! What say you, writers? Could you clearly describe this snowbound village road in less than 1000 words?

Writers: How would YOU describe the dazzling fall foliage?

As writers, we love to paint word pictures for our readers. How can we include descriptions of fall’s brilliant foliage without resorting to cliches? Here are 7 ways you can describe fall foliage. After days of dreary rain, the sun burst on the multicolored hillsides of my world, here in Upstate New York. I live […]

Setting: Put me in your place!

Don’t lose your readers by wandering in the wilderness without a good mental map Most writers have stumbled across the advice “don’t dwell on setting.” Some top-selling authors deliberately ignore this advice–Jean Auel (Earth’s Children series that began with Clan of the Cave Bear) comes to mind immediately. Others draw you a map, literally, inside […]

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