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Storytelling in Action

Suspense, mysteries, and westerns are not the only genres that need action. Keeping your story filled with action-packed verbs helps the plot to move forward and creates a “page-turner.” Passive voice is only one kind of inactive writing. Selecting inexplicit verbs and “deadwood” sentence structure also keeps you from creating a moving, active plot. Passive […]

Don’t Make Their Lives Easy – by Gail Gaymer Martin

Too often authors make situations too easy for characters. They like the people they create, and just as they want happiness and success for their real life friends, they want the same for their characters. But a novel with easy to resolved problems is really a “why bother” story. Real life piles problems on people […]

The Word of Mouth Phenomenon

What most inspires you to see a movie? Is it a review? A trailer? You read the book? A friend made recommended it? Perhaps you use a combination of these, but a trailer often skews the actual quality of the movie. The laughs you have in a comedy trailer might be the only laughs in […]

Uses of Introspection

Years ago, I had a Q & A blog for Writers, and when I read these a month or so ago, I found some questions that are still pertinent today. So this post will take a look at Introspection and answer this readers question: Is interior monologue direct thought or is it reflection? Is there a […]

Symbolism by guest Stephanie Prichard

One of my favorite options of this blog is inviting guest bloggers to share their ideas on using the various elements or techniques in the craft of writing fiction. Today my guest is Stephanie Prichard who has  co-author a faith-filled novel with her husband Don. Not only does she share ideas on using symbolism to enhance the meanings within your novel, but also is […]


When I first starting writing Shadowed in Silk I didn’t plan on it being a series, but as the story took shape I realized there was just too much going on in the lives of my secondary characters. The full story could only be told in a three book series Twilight of the British Raj. […]

Throw-Back Thursday Q & A: Ten Ways Authors Can Promote A Book

Using the idea of throwback Thursday, I looked at some of my old website posts from years ago, and found numerous ones that were significant for novelists and writers today. One feature I had was a list of Questions that I’d received from writers and my Answers. Today I will offer the updated post on: Question: What can […]

Following The Research Trail to Highland Hall from Carrie Turansky

Today my guest blogger is award-winning novelist Carrie Turansky author of of more than a dozen novels and novellas. Her most recent novel The Daughter of Handland Hall is from The Edwardian Brides, Book 2. Thanks Carrie for telling the audience of Writing Fiction about your research experiences and techniques. Research is key for the historical novelist. I’ve found […]

Each Character Has His Story

Each character in a novel has his own story, even the villain. This brief vide is probably an ad for a restaurant but it reminds us that each person we see is carrying the burden or the joy of his own story…something that affects his life and his point of view. The  character’s story relates to […]

Imagery In Fiction by guest blogger Renee Ryan

I’m always pleased to introduce a guest blogger to share another take on an element or techinque in writing fiction. Today Renee Ryan visits us again with the topic: Imagery. You will find this fiction technique to be good for stimulating your creative juices. Imagery can enhance your story in a unique way.  So here’s […]