Beginnings, endings and everything in-between. Crafting a Powerful Set-Up. Becca Puglisi As authors, we all know the importance of engaging our audience within a book’s first few pages.
It’s called grabbing the reader: captivating them in a way that makes them want to stick with the story to its end. Michael Hauge prefers the term seducing: “Everybody likes to be seduced; it’s a gradual, enjoyable, and emotionally involving experience that thoroughly captures our attention.” (Writing Screenplays That Sell) Whatever your terminology, drawing in readers is a vitally important process that needs to happen at the beginning of your story. 19 Self-editing Tips. Help!
Laura Drake presents: Advanced Craft Tips. Please welcome back author Laura Drake!
I do a lot of critiquing. As I get better at craft, I’m starting to catch the nuances of good writing; things beyond the basics of POV, An Easy Fix for a Tighter Point of View. Writers In The Storm is delighted to have Janice Hardy back.
We love her and the fabulous writing resources on her blog, The Other Side of the Story. Decades ago, a detached, omniscient point of view was all the rage. Readers wanted to be told a story, so the stories read as if someone was indeed telling them. That style faded as readers sought a more immersive read, and tight points of view became popular. Regardless of who the narrator is, that’s the person the reader experiences the novel through. What adds this layer? Filter words. Filter words distance the reader from the POV character. Are Filter Words Weakening Your Story? Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Readers experience your novel through the eyes of your narrator.
Sometimes this narrative filter is invisible and readers don’t perceive any distance between them and the point-of-view character, such as with a first-person point of view. Other times the filters are obvious and readers feel the space between them and the characters, such as with an omniscient narrator. Novelists - how to use MS Word as a powerful editing tool. US author Maria Grace mentioned on facebook about using MS Word as an editing tool.
Writing Novel-Opening Scenes by Rayne Hall. RU Contributor Rayne Hall returns with advice on a key element of every story, the opening scene.
You’ve written a novel and are revising it. Is the opening scene as grabbing is the story deserves? How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word. Find a Subject You Care About Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about.
You Look Familiar: Four Tips on Adding a New Twist to an Old Plot. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy This week's Refresher Friday takes another look at ways to turn a well-used idea into something fresh and original.
Enjoy! 20 Tips For Writing a Captivating Short Story (Part 1) By Mindy Halleck Today, as I edit, trim, cut, and otherwise obliterate a short story I wrote that ended up to be 8,000 words, but needs to be 5,000 words, I am reminded of this quote: “Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.”
-Henry David Thoreau Wise man. I thought I’d share some editing tips this morning, not so much for you as for me. I will share these tips in three concurring post over the next two weeks. Anyway . . . drum roll . . . . Writing short stories is a great way to investigate diverse genres, characters, settings, and voices. 20 Tips For Writing a Captivating Short Story (Part 2) By Mindy Halleck [Continued from part 1] 11. Start in the POV (the head) of your main protagonist. It’s best to use their name right in the first sentence to establish them as the POV character, the one readers will identify with and cheer for. As soon as possible let readers know their approximate age, gender, and role in the story world. 12. 13. 14. 15. 42 Fiction Writing Tips for Novelists.
Posted by Melissa Donovan on February 2, 2016 · Writing tips for fiction writers. The more I explore fiction writing, the more complex and multi-layered it becomes. 10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them. There are plenty of folks happy to tell you how to write better, just as any doctor will tell you to “eat right and exercise.” But changing your writing (or eating) habits only happens when you understand why you do what you do. I can help you with that. That proposal or email you wrote must now compete for attention with Facebook and the Huffington Post. 101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I.
What if someone went through the biggest and best blogs on the internet, and pulled out the very best-of-the best tips for fiction writers? That’s what I’ve attempted to do here. I can’t guarantee there aren’t some amazingly helpful writing tips that I haven’t included, but this is a good start. I’ve also tried to steer clear of really obvious tips like “show, don’t tell” or “make your characters unforgettable,” in favour of ones that are less often discussed. To learn more about the tips, click through to their original articles. Thanks to all these amazing bloggers for their valuable advice!