Writing blurbs can be considered the ultimate challenge. You've finished a full-length story--now write a brief statement that encapsulates your tale in a few paragraphs, using language that will entice, interest, and intrigue a would-be reader. Oh, and keep it consistent with the story inside so that the two match. Simple, right? Unless you're … Continue reading How to Successfully Write a Blurb
Busy-ness is generally considered unimportant when it comes to plotting. We don't usually make space for it, because it isn't central to the plot. Unless we are writing a romance and need a quite moment for the two characters to interact, we try to keep the pace going. Note, I spelt it with a "y" … Continue reading Busy-ness: Demonstrations of Character
It's a topic that, in real life, we think about more than we'd like to admit: how much we make, how much we can spend, and how we can make more money all has a place in our thoughts. (And if we're being completely honest, we'd have to say that making money from writing is … Continue reading Do Your Characters Worry About Money?
A few weeks ago I came across a review on Goodreads mentioning Laurie Colwin and how, in that reader's opinion, she was one of the few recent authors who wrote about happiness. My curiosity piqued, I ordered one of her novels, Happy All the Time, through my local library, and I let myself entertain modest … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Write about Happiness?