Character, a Writerly Discussion: Lots of books deal with how to create characters, enhance a story with great characterisation, and other techniques – but ask this first: Why will a reader connect to this person? What’s special about them? Is it clear something needs to change? What is the journey they need to undertake to … Continue reading Who Is This Person?
Short versions of deep stories, with no price attached -- shall I tell you about them? An aside: The Goodreads page is difficult to find. It's a lesson to storytellers -- make the title as close to unique as possible so readers can find it when they hear about it! Thanks, Li, for bringing this … Continue reading Purpose
#WriterTip Yes, I've never done that before, but time moves in like a high tide and even I have to adapt or get pulled out with the undertow. No, that doesn't make sense. What does? Writers are observers. They do this by keeping the mouth shut and all other senses open. A friend read a … Continue reading Observable by Silence
Is this the time to make excuses? No, I didn't think so. Instead of trying to write up a post, I'm going to give you a potpourri of tips and tricks from other, well-known, writers. At the end, I'll give mine. Preparation ... Anton Chekhov - Six Principles of a good story: Absence of lengthy … Continue reading Maintain the Posture
Or a Weekly Wee Or a Monthly monster? Not at all what you think, of course, but how would I know what you think? My psychic abilities were abandoned to the blue garden fairy when she got lost. Like most of those folk, she didn't think I wanted it back ... What am I talking … Continue reading A Daily Dribble
The storm came that night, that's how I remember it. Lightning and thunder scare the grumpkins outta the dog, and she patters around, panting and whining and fretting. I gotta get up, do stuff, turn the kettle on, make noise. Otherwise, she freaks out all night and nobody sleeps. the storm comes The storm? Oh, … Continue reading The Old Bones
Did you know I'm a writer? It's true. Sort of. I write stories, and when they're finished I check them - I call it RRR for Review, Revise, Rewrite. Part of that process includes checking for things that need approval from someone, somewhere. Those things get noted and requests get sent. And I wait. Sometimes, … Continue reading Hold That Thought!
Probably not what you expect. I'm sure most writers understand the fight or flight response. But guess what? There are three responses. Yep, three. What are they? Fight, flight and freeze. And they each lead into each other. The freeze response is usually the first. It's the immediate gut reaction, that hard knot that stops … Continue reading F, F, ‘n F