Spotlight Saturday #14: Learning to Write from the Visual Arts

I give my end-of-week post to other authors and bloggers whose work is worth noting. There are so many excellent articles out there, so many good poems and stories and artwork that I want to use my online space, once a week, to share something you might otherwise miss. To see last week's episode, click … Continue reading Spotlight Saturday #14: Learning to Write from the Visual Arts

Featured on “A Writer’s Path”

My post about using an omniscient narrator versus third person close narration is featured as the guest post of the day on "A Writer's Path." Please wander over there and enjoy all the writing tools Ryan has available. Personally, my favorite is Under the Microscope, where he looks at the first chapters of writer's works-in-progress … Continue reading Featured on “A Writer’s Path”

Writing That Scene: Villette

In the format of a non-traditional critique, Writing That Scene examines the fundamentals of what it takes to make a scene powerful and memorable for readers. The opinion expressed is my own, and other readers’ opinions may differ. The goal is to provide an opportunity for authors to learn from each other and to see … Continue reading Writing That Scene: Villette

Using Present Tense in Past Tense Prose

It’s becoming more common, especially in Young Adult fiction, to see present tense used instead of the more traditional past tense. Present tense allows any use of past tense to be the actual past, making flashbacks very clear. (Along with its immediacy, this is one of the benefits of present tense.) But present tense can … Continue reading Using Present Tense in Past Tense Prose

An Experiment with Omniscient Narration

So yesterday, having written about the benefits of omniscient narration, I thought I’d rewrite a scene from third person close narration, using an omniscient narrator. I figured out the narrator’s identity, his perspective on the characters, and how he came to know the details of the story, and I sat down to see how such … Continue reading An Experiment with Omniscient Narration

Narration: Is Omniscience Working For You?

Lately, the trend in writing has been to avoid omniscient narration. Whether you write in first person or third, present or past tense, writers are still advised to avoid omniscient narration as a thing of the past. They say it lacks immediacy and fails to connect the reader with the characters. Unless we have third-person … Continue reading Narration: Is Omniscience Working For You?

Playing to a Novel’s Strengths

I know this sounds utterly basic, but as I’m editing my way through my first novel again, I realized the biggest problem I had was not treating my novel as a novel and playing to its strengths. It’s sci-fi/fantasy, and as such, is very similar to much of what we see on the silver screen … Continue reading Playing to a Novel’s Strengths

But They Got Away with Head-Hopping?

One of the pieces of advice modern writers are regularly given is to avoid “Head-Hopping,” or changing the point of view in the middle of a scene. The idea is that, once you pick a character, you side with the character all the way through until the scene break. Here’s what you’re trying to avoid: … Continue reading But They Got Away with Head-Hopping?