When you write a story, you have time passing, whether it's just a few moments, a few hours, or a few days. Frequently, you have events happening that require you to stick to a particular time table, and if that time table isn't included in the story, readers can object to the plot, feeling that … Continue reading How to Manage Time in Your Novel’s Plot
Over the last few months I've been watching Korean dramas with some of my friends. I find them preferable to their American counterparts for a few reasons. For one, they're often cleaner, and if the characters do swear, they do so in another language to where the subtitles filter it out and you don't actually … Continue reading Korean Dramas: Bad Plots or Thorough Explorations of Themes?
This is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month's question is, "Besides writing, what other creative outlets do you have?" This is actually a very applicable topic, because my other main creative outlet—editing and book … Continue reading Creativity in Editing: A Good or Bad Thing?
Over the last year, I've had the blessing of working as an editor and book coach for some of the clients of Cherrie Woods, a publicist who has worked in the PR field for 16 years. Recently, she and author, producer, and business-woman V. Helena put out a podcast that discussed just what a publicist … Continue reading What a Publicist Does and Why You Might Want One
This is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month's question is about what physical objects one would find in your writing space. Right now, my writing space is the kitchen table, so who knows what … Continue reading Physical Objects in Your Writing Space: Help or Hindrance?
It's the holiday season, and while some of you might be done with your Christmas shopping already, chances are, most of us still have a few items to get people. So here are four literary gift ideas I've come across over the years—great gifts for you to ask for or to get for the other … Continue reading 4 Ideas for Literary Christmas Gifts
We've been looking at Les Misérables to see what writings lessons we can glean from it. Last post, we looked at the Plotting and Sub-plotting, and this time, I want to look at the characters. Hugo has an enormous cast of characters in this book, and honestly, there are times when even the most attentive readers … Continue reading Writing Lessons from Les Mis: Characterization
Having just finished a read-through of Les Misérables, I've been struck by the writing. It's a long book at well over 600,000 words, so I definitely wouldn't recommend writing a modern novel of that length, but it's a classic nevertheless. It's been made into dozens of movie versions, beginning in 1897 and continuing onward, with the most … Continue reading Writing Lessons from Les Mis: Plotting and Subplotting
I've been thinking about the romance genre lately, trying to explain what it is that "happens" in a romance story. Obviously, it's about a couple finding each other (or realizing that they already know each other) and reaching their happily-ever-after moment (whether it does or doesn't last is another matter entirely, but unless you write … Continue reading Romance: Two Best-Selling Plot Types
This is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group blog-hop, designed to help encourage authors and foster discussions about writing topics across the internet and the world. This month's question is "How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?" Most of the time, life affects my writing by … Continue reading How Life Intersects with Writing