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The Chicken Or The Egg?

The time-old question “which came first the chicken or the egg” is one of those moot questions we don’t waste our time on, but as authors, the “which comes first” is an important issue in developing sentence structure. I’m an author who loves the music of words and I listen to the cadence of 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 […]


Newer authors struggle with writing technique, and long time writers still find elements in writing that are their nemesis. Being aware of problem areas in your writing can help you move ahead as a writer when you focus on them and find ways to improve those techniques. Here are a few tips on become a […]

Avoiding Cliches

Editors look for fresh writing. They want to read original analogies, similes and metaphors not overused phrases. Hot under the collar and as happy as a pig in mud carry meaning, but the meaning is trite and readers skim over the words without noticing so they lose the impact of what you’re saying. As you […]

Subtlety in Fiction

The world may listen to shouters, but we are changed by those who whisper… Author Mary DeMuth is columnist for Christian Fiction Online, a new magazine for novelists and is a friend of mine. A day or so ago, she blogged a great piece on subtlety in fiction and I wanted to share it with […]

Word Placement for Powerful Sentences

How words are placed in sentences determines the power words, the word that is the focus of the sentence, but sometimes, it’s easy to allow the major point or focus of the sentence to get lost in structure. By putting it in the correct location, you can change the emotion and power of the sentence. […]

Poetic Language In Fiction

Sonnet, lyric, haiku, ode, ballad? What does poetry have to do with fiction? Nothing and everything, depending on the author. Poetic language and effective use of figures of speech can enhance a novelists writing style and help create the author’s unique voice. Beautiful language is like a lilting melody, and using poetic elements can create […]

Variety Adds Spice to Your Writing

The word lullaby is derived from “to lull’ and ‘good bye.” Lullabies are sung to soothe a child to sleep with their calming rhythm and rhyme. Rock-a-bye baby on the tree top.When the wind blows, the cradle will rock. Using the same sing-song sentences, you can create the same effect, lulling your readers to sleep, […]