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...

Flash Tip: Nicey-nice

  In this week’s Flash Tip, Alida explains the role of Nice in our lives and in our fiction. Have thoughts on Nice? Minnesota or otherwise? In or out of fiction? Use the comments below or hop over to the Story Works Writers Facebook Group to share with all...

Flash Tip: Chapter Structure

  In this week’s Word Essential Flash Tip, Alida discusses the structure of chapters and how to ensure you’ve got rising action in each one. Hint: it looks like a ramp.   Leave a comment below, or join the Story Works Writers Facebook Group and...

Finding Theme

Alida helps you find the theme of your work in this week’s Flash Tip.

Flash Tip: Group Projects

I’ve noticed in several manuscripts recently that writers are sometimes afraid to show the reader what the hero and her team are planning to do, especially when our hero is about to go into the climactic battle. When you need the group to do some serious...

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