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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 […]

Description II: Purposeful Details

Part I of this description section talked about putting life into your novel. Part II delves more into emotion and characterization. Description can connect with readers when it evokes emotion, and it can also deepen characterization by helping expose characters’ attitudes. When you use detailed descriptions in your novels, think about the affect the details […]

Descriptions I: Bringing Experience To Life

We’ll take a break from Suspense for a while and take a look at description. While description is important to give the reader a picture of where the character is rather than having “floating heads” as they are sometimes called when the location of a scene isn’t provided, description can do so much more. By […]

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Using Creative Colors in Fiction

Fiction means bringing characters to life with action, dialogue and also with description. Readers want to envision them physically, and so authors try to paint a picture of the main characters or of the setting with words. One issue I’ve struggled with is finding ways to describe color. Dark brown eyes doesn’t capture the reader’s […]