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How To Write Great Description

Thanks so Steve Laube’s blog, I have enjoyed numerous amounts of good information to share with writers. This one is excellent since it not only provides great examples on using great description with all the senses, but it does it visually with a video. This video called How To Write Descriptively was written by Nalo […]


How Readers Get To Know Characters

Everything in a novel means more once a reader gets to know and love the main characters. It’s like life. You care more about your family, friends and neighbors than you do about someone who lives on the next block or a stranger you’ve never met. What’s helps novelists is to understand the various ways […]

POV Is More Than Who Owns The Scene

Most movies don’t provide the inner thoughts of the POV characters. This means the movie’s director has a creative responsibility to focus the camera on what the audience needs to see. He may begin with a long shot and then move to a close up on a detail that makes a difference in the plot, […]

POV: Its Power and Purpose

Writing fiction is a multifaceted process. The author must create characters, design commanding settings, capture an absorbing style, write compelling dialogue, and decide on the most effective point-of-view (POV). Understanding Point-Of-View POV is defined as through whose eyes the reader experiences the scene. This means that the reader can only learn and experience what POV […]

Keeping Your Writing Active

Suspense, mysteries, and westerns aren’t the only genres that need action. Keeping your story filled with action-packed verbs helps the plot to move and helps create a page-turner. Passive voice is only one kind of inactive writing. Selecting inexplicit verbs and deadwood sentence structure also stops authors form creating a moving, active story. Passive Voice […]

Tiptoeing Around Description

The days of literary fiction are gone forever. Though some still write literary fiction with the long rambling descriptions and mental probing of life and times, the reality is popular fiction that sells forces authors to do a dance with description so that it brings the story to life but is purposeful. This is a […]

Your Plot Drags? Fix It.

Authors don’t always realize their plot drags until they step back and take a fresh look. It’s always good to give your story a rest for a week or two, if you have time to spare, and then read with new eyes. The brilliant words can dull with time and that means authors need to […]

Looking Again At Setting And Its Many Uses

I was asked to do an article for the ACFW Newsletter. The article is concise and covers things I’ve talked about before. Setting is sometimes the neglected element that’s used for sense of place alone and not always used in a creative way that will add so much more to your novel.  Check out this […]

Writing Tool for Descriptions

Someone from a writer’s loop that I’m on mentioned an interesting writing tool they located online that helped authors with description. Sometimes I find that I describe things the same, even using the same kinds of words and senses to describe action as well as emotions and setting. When I checked out this Writing Tool, […]

Description III: Presenting Action

Describing action brings a story to life, but the amount of description is regulated by the kind of action. Ask yourself these kinds of questions: How significant the action is to the plot? Does the action move the story forward and make a difference? Does the action create tension and deepen conflict? These are some […]