What Reader Experience is Right for Your Novel?

Today, I want to talk about reader experience. Not something that gets discussed much among writers, as I generally see it crop up in literary criticism under "reader response," but thinking about how a reader is going to likely navigate your story makes a world of difference to you, as an author. I know, you … Continue reading What Reader Experience is Right for Your Novel?

How to Give Your Narration Flavor

Readers frequently talk about the style or narrative flavor of authors they enjoy. They'll say, "That sounds like something __ wrote," or "This reminded me of ___" or "The tone of that was flat." But sometimes, we authors we sometimes don't know what gives us our writing voice. What makes writing sound different or interesting … Continue reading How to Give Your Narration Flavor

A to Z 2017: Bouncing Points-of-View

My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Bouncing Points-of-View

Inciting Moment–What It Is and Why You Should Care

Recently, I was explaining the concept of an inciting moment to my five-year-old (he's a bit young, but one might as well start early, right?), and it got me thinking about how critical the concept is. Some writers may call it an inciting incident, and others have probably never heard of it, including the idea … Continue reading Inciting Moment–What It Is and Why You Should Care

Book Review – Souls Discovered

Souls Discovered by Miranda Brock Genre: Young Adult fantasy Description from Goodreads: Spin away with young Autumn as she finds a seemingly innocuous gold necklace on her family’s farm and inadvertently uncovers her destiny as “The Keeper.” Autumn’s discovery of the necklace activates “The Window” and alerts both good and evil forces to her whereabouts. Autumn is … Continue reading Book Review – Souls Discovered

The Three Elements of a Memorable Fantasy Story

People have been telling a form of fantasy stories for as long storytelling has existed. Even when the hearers or readers believed them, tales of the gods, of floods and warriors with superhuman powers still had strong fantastic elements. Yet not every fantasy has lasting power, where it gets passed down from one generation to the next. … Continue reading The Three Elements of a Memorable Fantasy Story

Describing Memorable Characters: Anna Karenina

Yesterday we discussed how a memorable character need not be described in more than a few phrases to stick in our mind (as seen in Jane Austen's minimalistic approach in describing Elizabeth Bennet). When an author uses this approach, we may not know the character's hair color, their overall height or appearance, but a feature … Continue reading Describing Memorable Characters: Anna Karenina

The Power of Analogy

When writing a book, but particularly when writing fantasy, authors seem to run into the problem of too much details. They describe the life out of a scene, creating paragraphs of concrete details about what a place sounds like, smells like, tastes like, until the plot is put to one side and we are invited … Continue reading The Power of Analogy

Zigzag Narratives #atozchallenge #writing

For the very last post of the A-Z challenge, I wanted to write about narration. As authors, we have a number of options where narration is concerned, but the most common are omniscient narration, where an all-knowing narrator tells the story and can thus include the perspectives and feelings of a number of characters, or … Continue reading Zigzag Narratives #atozchallenge #writing

Why Head Hopping Can Hurt Your Story

A friend and I were recently reading the same fantasy story (which shall go unnamed, since I don't want to single out the author; many people, myself included, have been guilty of head-hopping at one point or another). When I commented that I didn't like the writing style due to its frequent head-hopping, he said … Continue reading Why Head Hopping Can Hurt Your Story