If your writing is starting to feel flat, read over your piece for passive voice. Change any passive parts to active to give them more punch.
Category: Tips and Tricks
Notebook AI Review: The Pros, Cons, and Everything in Between
Check out my newest Notebook AI review. In this review, I explain the pros and cons of using this world building service for your novel, story, or RPG.
Quick Tip #2
Is your story one blob of text that looks daunting to the most enthusiastic reader? Here are the times when you should make a new paragraph: When someone new is speaking. After dialogue before action that is not directly related to the speaker. When a new person arrives When the setting changes When you introduce… Continue reading Quick Tip #2
Starting Your Story: Tips For That First Sentence
We’ve all been there. The best novel idea is bouncing around in your head and you’re staring at a blank piece of paper, trying to figure how to break the ice and start putting words to paper. Oh, that feeling is rough. It’s like, “C’mon, I’ve got gold in here, I just need that first… Continue reading Starting Your Story: Tips For That First Sentence
Quick Tip #1
Beware “turning” words, a word or phrase that helps shift your story to go in a new direction usually by telling rather than showing. A heavy reliance on them lends towards less action and less engagement with the reader. Turning words to avoid: suddenly; then; out of nowhere; surprisingly; shockingly; seemed Examples: Turning words: Suddenly,… Continue reading Quick Tip #1
Guest Post: An Edit Vs a Re-Write: My First Draft Problem
By: Jeremy C Kester In the spaces where I’ve done my research, I’ve found quite a number of other writers who would argue that in every story I do, once I complete my first draft I should crumple it up, throw it out, and start fresh. The idea is predicated on advice to ignore quality… Continue reading Guest Post: An Edit Vs a Re-Write: My First Draft Problem
Ten Tools To Help You Write the Next Bestseller
Every writer wants to write the next bestseller but many lack the tools beyond natural talent. Here are the top ten items I'd recommend to help you create a work of art. A lamp to help your eyes You most likely spend a large amount of time staring at a computer screen. Take care… Continue reading Ten Tools To Help You Write the Next Bestseller
How To Write a Relationship Your Reader Will Love
You may have heard that the golden rule for writing a relationship is that if they have to kiss for your reader to know they’re in love, you haven’t written a real relationship. But what does that actually look like? How do you write something that your readers will love? How do you write love?… Continue reading How To Write a Relationship Your Reader Will Love
How to Write a Good Villain: Five Questions to Create a Compelling Character
How to Write a Good Villain: Five Questions to Create a Compelling Character. If you sit down to write and find yourself asking how to write a good villain, then you're in the right place. Here are five questions to ask yourself to tell if your villain is the next Moriarty or the next Dr. Dufus.