Character Motivation

This week, I talk about how deep you need to go to find your character’s motivation and why it matters to your reader.

Flash Tip: Ups & downs

  This week, I talk about the importance of ups and downs in your plot, for your protagonist and your reader! Don’t take the “try-fail cycle” totally to heart, because ss in life: you win some; you lose some. I explain why your hero should win...

Flash Tip: Typecasting Minor Characters

  Today, I discuss the benefits of using types when you need to fill a minor character’s role. Those characters who don’t need much development, because they don’t garner much ink on the page, beg the question, how do I make them colorful, fun,...

Fooling Ourselves

  I explain how writers can fool themselves into thinking they’re writing in scene, when they’re really writing summary. It’s both simpler and trickier than you think. Ready to pull the wool from your eyes?   Have a comment? Want to share your...

Don’t Make the Reader Work

  I discuss the problem with leaving your story in your head. It makes the reader do some of your work for you. How do you know when you’ve left too much off the page? And what can you do about it?   Have a comment? Want to share your thoughts? Please...

Flash Tip: Broken Breaks

  In this nuts & bolts tip, I show you how to correctly separate dialogue and “stage directions” into paragraphs. The funny thing about writing, is a story doesn’t come out of our heads with the structure included. If you read some dialogue out loud, it...

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