by Doug Lewars Fight scenes are somewhat similar to chase scenes. I wrote about the latter last month. Use action verbs and use terse sentences. Real fights tend to be sloppy affairs and they frequently end quickly. In addition to punching and kicking there is frequently a lot of shoving. Staged fights are… Read More How to Write an Effective Fight Scene
Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, a poorly realized character will ruin your story. Even with the best plot in the world, your novel will struggle to truly connect with its audience if you’re unable to present multi-dimensional characters who behave believably.
by Meg Dowell The writer-reader connection is delicate. Possibly one of the biggest challenges new writers face is figuring out how to create a bond between themselves and people they may never meet face-to-face. How do you connect with someone in such a way that they feel you’re speaking only to them? How… Read More How to Connect With Your Readers
by Doug Lewars I don’t write non-fiction but I know something about it if, for no other reason, than I’ve found it necessary over the years to read a goodly amount of it. Subjects can be highly arcane to mundane; but, the one thing that is critical is research. It is essential that… Read More Tips For Writing Non-Fiction
by Samantha Fenton It’s important to grasp the whole of any character you’re writing. You, as the author, should know your characters better than anyone — even the readers. An author notices every quirk, step, and glance a character ever makes. After all, the author is the sole creator: the god. As I’m… Read More Things I Ask My Characters
by Destine Williams Writing is a strange process that can be difficult to understand, especially if there are some of you still working towards your first book, or want to write, but don’t know where to start. A lot of people never finish, or start, stop, and never go back because of “writer’s… Read More The Nature of Change and Writer’s Block
by S.E. White As in: flawed, yet awesome. No one wants to read boring perfection. I’ll list my top two favorite female literary characters, straight off the top of my head, to start making my point: