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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 […]


The Clear Enigma of An Oxymoron

Before enigma is defined for those who don’t know, one can be found in the title. If an enigma is clear or obvious then it’s not an enigma or a secret. And there is the crux. Definition An oxymoron is a figure of speech such other poetic devices such as a metaphor or simile is […]

Good Authors Make Writing Mistakes Too

Authors can get sidetracked in an attempted to add extra zing to their novels and create glaring mistakes that undermine their purpose. Here are a few of the mistakes that can be found in author’s manuscripts. Grab Readers On Page One Every author wants to hook the reader with a dynamic opening, such as beginning […]

Examining Tone To Enhance Your Writing – Part 2

In Part 1 Understanding Tone In Fiction, the meaning of tone was defined and how it is important to your fiction. The post made it clear that authors want to work on this quality in their writing which helps to grab readers into the story and make them want to read more of the author’s […]

Understanding Tone In Fiction – Part 1

Tone is not mood, writer’s voice or style, although the novel’s tone influences those elements in fiction. Tone is the author’s attitude toward the story and the reader. It conveys emotion and temperament through word choice as it brings the story to life. Tone is not exclusive to fiction. Non-fiction and journalistic writing is also […]

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 […]