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Showing posts 11 to 20 labeled Writing in General (75 total)

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 »

Whodunit, Not Howdunit or Whodunwhat (September 5, 2016)

I love whodunits, but the books I borrow often end up being "howdunits" or "whodunwhats" instead. More »

Writing without Fear (July 10, 2016)

Two months into our new home in Central Oregon, Sweetie and I feel like we're finally settling down. We've arranged the furniture, made friends with the neighbors, and learned our way around the area. Last week I went shopping without looking up directions first, and I didn't get lost once! More »

Stage Directions, My Latest Pet Peeve (March 25, 2016)

Turning, moving, looking...these things work on the stage and in film, but not in books. In books, stage directions are boring and hard to follow, and they distract from more important information. More »