Crafting an Authentic Beginning

As a book reviewer, I read a lot of first chapters and beginnings to judge whether I want to review a book. Instead of being moved by the cover or hype from other readers, I usually have only the blurb and the words themselves to guide me (I often haven't even seen the cover until … Continue reading Crafting an Authentic Beginning

And Always Let Your Passion Be Your Guide #amwriting

I'm not talking about following your passions in each and every life decisions. If you follow your feelings in what you do each day, your life will turn into a mess and you'll never get any work done. But, in writing, following your passion can help you discover what you really like writing about. Because just … Continue reading And Always Let Your Passion Be Your Guide #amwriting

Yelling, Wailing, and Other Issues with Tone #amwriting #atozchallenge

During this A to Z challenge, we've touched on all sorts of topics, from reading to blogging to how to deal with humor in your story. But we haven't talked that much about dialogue and the various tones involved: yelling, whispering, crying, wailing, etc. We often rely on dialogue tags to convey this information, using "she … Continue reading Yelling, Wailing, and Other Issues with Tone #amwriting #atozchallenge

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?

Back When We Still Cared

I just finished a recently-published historical fiction novel, set in England in the time of Jane Austen and most of Georgette Heyer’s books. It had a great premise, but the execution was…flawed. And not for glaring historical flaws. The costumes, the plot events, and the characters had a studied feel to them. I felt like … Continue reading Back When We Still Cared