Setting the Scene

Setting the scene is something many writers struggle with. Alas, it must be done. Characters can't just be running around in white space, right? Here are some tips to help you conquer scene-setting. Why Set the Scene? In order for readers to visualize your story, your characters need to clearly¬†be¬†somewhere. Your readers need to be... Continue Reading →

How To Emotionally Ruin Readers

Do you want to make your readers cry? Shout in frustration? Grin from ear to ear? You need to learn how to evoke emotion through your writing. These are some tips to help you evoke all kinds of emotions in your writing. Simple or Elaborate? "Write hard and clear about what hurts"-Ernest Hemingway. I couldn't... Continue Reading →

Character Creation & Development

Characters should be three dimensional for the most part. If they are significant at all, then you need to take the time to develop them into real people. There should be more to them than just stock personalities/groups. Sure, you could write the stereotypical 'jock' as your antagonist, with nothing more to them than being... Continue Reading →

Dialogue

Dialogue is an extremely important aspect of your story. In general, it should usually take up about half of your book. It provides needed white-space for readers, which gives their eyes a break and helps to keep them reading. It should move the plot forward or develop character (don't use filler). The main thing to... Continue Reading →

Underwriters: Raising Word-count

I have noticed that most people seem to be over-writers. Being an under-writer myself, I always found it hard to find posts on raising word-count rather than lowering it. Now, after digging through the web for some advice and doing a lot of work on my own, I've more than doubled my word-count for my... Continue Reading →

Physical Description

Writers tend to vary in their use of physical description, especially concerning how much to use. Some writers like to use little physical description, usually because they want the readers to be able to imagine the characters the way they want. Myself, I like to use a good amount of description, because I like being... Continue Reading →

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