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Showing posts 1 to 10 labeled Writing in General (68 total)

With Great Authority Comes Great Responsibility (April 21, 2017)

When a reader picks up a book, she basically hands her heart over to the author on a silver platter, saying, "Do with it what you will." More »

In Defense of Telling: Orienting Readers and Respecting Their Time (April 14, 2017)

I recovered from my crisis of confidence, but I still have yet to begin Rainie Day #2 because of matters of life and death. Literally. In the past month, I attended two conferences and a funeral. (Not quite as catchy as Four Weddings and a Funeral, but believe me, it's been just as manic and emotionally fraught around here as that movie. More »

Faux Diversity in Fiction (February 5, 2017)

If everyone sees the world the same way but wears different hats, that's not diversity. More »

Thoughts on Serialization (January 29, 2017)

I've been thinking about what works for me as a series reader, and what rubs me the wrong way. More »

What I Learned from Twilight: Writing with Sincerity (January 18, 2017)

A writer can come up with the tightest plot, the wittiest dialogue, and the keenest observations of the human condition, but if she doesn't write with sincerity, her readers won't connect with the story. More »

Mystery Tropes I Wish Would Die #2 (December 19, 2016)

When I see one of these tropes pop up in an otherwise lovely book, it puts me in a stormy mood for the rest of the day. More »

Besting Burnout (December 11, 2016)

If you do nothing but glue your behind to a chair and crank out words every day, you'll quickly run out of thoughts worth writing. And eventually, you're going to burn out. More »

Tips for Writing Descriptions #2 (November 26, 2016)

From the works of other authors, I've gleaned some devious ways of describing settings without being boring. More »

Writing What You Think You're Writing (November 11, 2016)

Writers who rely on telling aren't writing what they think they're writing. More »

Pros and Cons of a Strong Authorial Voice (September 18, 2016)

If done well and purposefully, a strong authorial voice can make a book. But if done badly or accidentally, it can ruin it. More »