The action for 30 Poems in 30 Days has clearly moved from the blog to Facebook, so I am posting all 30 prompts here, but encourage people to write there. Day 1 Write a love poem that is specifically NOT about romantic love. Some subjects you might consider are family members such as parents or […]
How Articulate Are Your Characters? Most writers are articulate. Because they work with the written word on a daily or near daily basis, and because they have a love of language, most writers express themselves well. Just because a writer is articulate, however, doesn’t mean that a character should be articulate. Adjusting your language to […]
Negativising occurs when you focus only on the negative aspects of an experience. This frequently haunts writers who subject themselves to criticism in the forms of writer’s groups, editors, clients and classes. You enter a situation in which you hear both positive feedback and negative feedback, but you only remember or think about the negative […]
People write in many different ways. Some people work slowly, trying to make every detail perfect the first time. Other people write quick, messy first drafts that they then tame and refine as they edit. Most people fall somewhere in between.For my part, I tend to write first drafts quickly. I will go back and […]
I love movies, but I’m not a big fan of the Oscars. Their taste in films has always seemed a bit stodgy and mannered for me. I like comedies more than dramas, on most days, and any movie that aspires to be an “epic” tends to bore me, especially by the third hour. These days, […]
When you begin adding and revising scenes for your novel, the process is a little different than writing a first draft. Your goals are different because at this point, you are filling in missing information and working within the constraints of what already exists. Your characters, tone and plot have already been set, and you […]
One of the key aspects to a novel is how the characters in that novel communicate with each other, especially in terms of dialog. The dialog in a novel reveals the attitudes of the characters toward each other and the topics they discuss. The manner in which characters speak, the language characters use, and the […]
How to come up with memorable characters for your short stories and other fiction.