Craft Monday: Beware the “ing”s!

When I first started writing fiction, I happened upon a writing tutorial that admonished to never, never, never start a sentence with an “ing” word. That bugged me, since one of my big rules is to mix up sentence structure. So I started to pay attention to what “the greats” did, and I found that Read more about Craft Monday: Beware the “ing”s![…]

Craft Monday: No problemo? That’s a problem.

The other day I was reading and found myself skimming more than I’d like. Then I did it. I fell asleep. Not good. I enjoyed the characters, and the story line was intriguing. But nothing was compelling me to turn the pages to see what would happen next. So what was wrong? A lack of Read more about Craft Monday: No problemo? That’s a problem.[…]

Craft Monday: Has your muse taken a hike?

We’ve all faced them – those blank pages we know we have to fill but our minds aren’t cooperating. The brilliant ideas that woke us from our dreams, that interrupted while we were driving or watching TV have vanished. Even if we scribbled them down somewhere, they don’t seem as brilliant as they did in Read more about Craft Monday: Has your muse taken a hike?[…]

Mother stories go for the gut

In my last post, I argued that in the ultimate show-down between writing and story, the story wins the prize as the more vital component of story-telling. It is the story, after all, that interests people, not writing. You can be the most technically proficient writer on the planet, or the most eloquent, and still Read more about Mother stories go for the gut[…]

Welcome to the Show, or Coming up from Telling

The weather’s changing, finally, and something about the spring makes me want to take a detour from my usual editorial fare into the realm of fiction. Today, I feel inspired to take on the eternal struggle between telling and showing. I can’t promise you I’ll have all the answers, certainly, but I can at least Read more about Welcome to the Show, or Coming up from Telling[…]

Opening lines….Hook your reader immediately by Alicia Dean

In today’s society, modern conveniences have spoiled us to instant gratification. We live in a rush, rush world and have little time or patience for waiting…for anything. For me, back when I was younger, reading a novel meant a lengthy relationship that I settled into, one in which I allowed myself time to become engaged. Read more about Opening lines….Hook your reader immediately by Alicia Dean[…]