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Is it Reflecton, Interior Monologue or Introspection?

I’ve been teaching fiction for years and during the Q and A time, I have received many interesting questions. The interior monolgue or internal speech, stream of consciousness and even introspection often causes confusion. Exactly what is it and what does it do? First let’s look at this question: Difference between Introspection and Internal Monologue […]

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 […]


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: 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 […]

Intimate Storytelling – Part IV Sentence and Thought Tags

A simple method of improving your writing is learning how to use dialogue tags and presenting character’s thoughts. Though this may seem trivial, these techniques are important in helping you become an author who knows how to write. One way to approach this is to ask yourself how would a real person say this or […]

Introspection – Inner Truth Of A Character

Introspection (also called internal dialogue, interior monologue, or self-talk) provides important information in a novel, but it’s a technique that often causes writers trouble. Too much can be boring since introspection is passive, and too little deprives the reader of getting to know the depth of a character’s needs, longings, and struggles. Introspection provides the […]

Tension and Conflict Part 5 – Methods to Create Tension

Earlier I described the difference between conflict and tension. Conflict is the action of two opposing forces. It is the butting of heads between ideas, needs, desires and wants, or it can be a single individual wanting two opposing things. What makes conflict important is the tension it creates. Tension is the emotional response to […]