Close your eyes to see

Editing sucks. There. I said it. Except it doesn’t have to, or at least I don’t think it does. I am not saying that it doesn’t stink when your editor or beta reader says something like, “Good premise, but I can’t connect to the character” or “I like where you were going, but the scene fellContinue reading “Close your eyes to see”

Write What You Know

Most of us have heard this advice and thought, “But what I know is boring,” or “What I know has already been written.” Here’s the thing. “Write what you know” is not about me writing a story about a woman who got pregnant at 17, married at 18, had some more kids, and divorced beforeContinue reading “Write What You Know”

Are you making compelling characters? 5 questions that will help you decide

1) Does she make a memorable first impression? Think about someone you recently met. You began creating an impression of that person before he or she even mutter a word. Before dialogue begins, we need to know where your character is in space and how she is absorbing it. Show us her body language. YouContinue reading “Are you making compelling characters? 5 questions that will help you decide”

What’s in a name?

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. – Ernest Hemingway There is something to be said for those first moments of writing a new novel or short story, those moments when you simply let your fingers run free across the keyboard with no goal except to getContinue reading “What’s in a name?”

Creating a vision board for your characters

Are you a visual person? Do you find yourself looking for pictures on Pintrest  of doppelgängers to the characters you are creating through words on the page? If so, creating a character vision board may be for you. Generic vision boards tend to focus on sending a message into the universe about your desires and dreams.Continue reading “Creating a vision board for your characters”