I explain the importance of the crescendo in your story’s structure. Whether writing an action scene or an emotion-driven one, you need to make sure the movement rises…and...

Setting: a Writing Exercise

Alida is on location in Boulder, Colorado with a writing exercise to help you work on setting and develop your narrative voice. Please share your experience of the exercise, or even some of your freewriting, in the comments below.  ...

Should You Give that Dirty No Good Character a POV?

  This week, in honor of launching my new course, Scary Monsters & Super Creeps, I discuss whether or not you should give your monster or monstrous human character a POV. I discuss a pertinent example from the classic Frankenstein. Don’t miss this just...

Flash Tip: Hyper Reality

  This week, we talk about the problem with getting too real in your fiction, and some of the tools you have to avoid hyper reality and to keep your story moving...

Hooks & Endnotes

This week, Alida discusses the common problems of writing past your hooks & killing your endnotes. Not sure what a hook is or why you need one? Watch & learn!

Trite & Hackneyed

Alida discusses two often-used phrases you should avoid. They’re trite, hackneyed, and at this point, cringe-worthy. Watch & take the pledge!

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