Going back in time: 10 Key Steps to writing a flashback scene

On my way to completing my first manuscript I had to figure out how to get all of the important backstory pieces into play. I knew the importance of immediacy as a main ingredient to fiction writing. I knew going back in time should be used sparingly because it halts the forward motion of theContinue reading “Going back in time: 10 Key Steps to writing a flashback scene”

Novel writing: Tools, a niche, and a tribe

Writing is not easy. It is a craft. And to be good at any craft, you have to assemble your tools, find your niche, ban with those who can help you succeed, and study with focus, intent and dedication. There are no shortcuts. Only by doing the work on the front end will you beContinue reading “Novel writing: Tools, a niche, and a tribe”

Learning the difference between feeling and emotion: Why “Show don’t tell” is not always good advice

When I was in school, my teachers wrote on my paper time and time again: “Your telling here. Show instead.” Or, “Show. Don’t tell.” Or, “How can you show this?” Over time I adopted the words, and I wrote on many a paper to many a student, “Show. Don’t tell,” without really explaining why. Here’sContinue reading “Learning the difference between feeling and emotion: Why “Show don’t tell” is not always good advice”

Perfecting the synopsis: From tantalizing teasers to plot points and spoilers

At some point in your writing career, someone will ask you for a synopsis of your work. When this happens, you want to be ready! To be quite honest, I was not. I had no idea what was being asked of me the first time I read the words, “Please send me the first fiftyContinue reading “Perfecting the synopsis: From tantalizing teasers to plot points and spoilers”