Everyone talks about the “hook” in a book, that little thing early in the book that gets readers to keep reading – an interesting character or a cool-sounding villain that needs defeat. Good books have a quick, clever hook that is so unobtrusive you don’t know it’s there until too late. Most people (so I am… Continue reading Writing: The Book Net
This is something I think about professionally more than as a writer. As a writer, I really have an audience of one: me. But it IS something I have thought about. It IS something I circle back to on occasion. You see, I learned in late high school/early college that the top two selling genres… Continue reading Writing: Audience
I was organizing my writing folders and re-read a novel I wrote. It’s unpublished and might well remain unpublished forever. It has pretty huge problems. Mostly because it’s one giant introduction to world & characters. I really struggled with making a plot for it at all. But it’s all really important stuff that sets up the second… Continue reading Writing: Introduction or Novel?
This occurred to me only recently, but it is too true: If you have to use “if” to qualify something, it’s probably bad. IF gets used to cover up an insult or negative feedback instead of just having the spine to stand up to your own comment. Look at these examples: If this had more… Continue reading Manners: Is “if” a bad word?
I don’t know how this happens, but it is frequent enough that I know it does. The worst I had was a debt collector who just would not believe I wasn’t “Simon.” Pretty sure my voice is not that deep… Someone dials the wrong number and just does not believe the person answering is NOT… Continue reading Humor: I am not a pizza place
I have a character talking to me in my brain and I can’t replicate his voice on paper. It is the most frustrating thing. I know what he sounds like and looks like and feels like in my head, but somehow when I put my fingers to keys I can’t replicate it. I feel like a… Continue reading Writing: A Character’s Voice
I love and hate writing “side-kicks.” These are the secondary characters who are useful and/or required for success in a novel. I love them because they give me a place to explore depths my protagonist doesn’t have or a sounding board for my protagonist to discuss aspects of the novel. I hate them because I struggle… Continue reading Character Profile: The successful sidekick