4 Ways to Make a Scene Matter

In writing, we're told to "kill our darlings" and get rid of the bits of writing we love if they don't serve the story. But what if we could those little scenes and transform them into something useful, incorporating the elements that are near and dear to our heart with the plot? It won't always … Continue reading 4 Ways to Make a Scene Matter

Relational Inequalities in Fiction Writing

So today I wanted to talk about relationships. No, this isn't just for Romance books. This is about all relationships--your antagonist and his second-in-command, your hero and her best friend, and even the protagonist and the antagonist (chances are, if they're fighting each other for any length of time, they have a relationship, albeit a … Continue reading Relational Inequalities in Fiction Writing

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