by Allison Maruska
Books are made of chapters, and chapters are made of scenes. Those segments of the story are what hold the whole thing together. Write them well, and you have a page-turner. Write them not so well, and…zzzzzz.
No writer wants to do that to their readers, so it’s worth figuring out what makes a scene good.
I decided to write this post when I ran across this quote on the interwebs: “There are only three kinds of scenes: A fight, a seduction, or a negotiation.” – Mike Nichols
Continue reading Writing the Building Blocks of a Page-Turner
by Jacqui Murray
I went to my bi-weekly writer’s critique group last night. We get submittals ahead of time, gather our thoughts and comments, and then each of us gets 5 minutes during the meeting to share our suggestions. This week, we were reviewing the work of one of my favorite group authors–we’ll call her Mari. She is writing an amazing piece about a family coping with Alzheimer’s. It’s character-driven fiction, but could also be classified as creative non-fiction so detailed and realistic are the scenes.
Continue reading How Do You Get Readers to Trust You?
by Kate M. Colby
‘Comparisonitis’ is the most infectious disease in the writer community. Can you blame us? When John’s book has 100 five-star reviews and Jane has written six books this year and Joe has landed a major publishing deal, it’s difficult not to feel jealous and shame yourself for what you are/aren’t accomplishing.
Here’s your gentle reminder to CUT. IT. OUT.
Continue reading Writers: Judge Yourself by Your Own Standards
Hello readers and writers!
Today marks the first day in a month-long contest. The talented Sean Lowery with High Impact Covers and author Allison Maruska have generously donated prizes to 6 winners. Here’s what 6 lucky people will win:
Continue reading Contest Time!
by Meg Dowell
Last week, I wrote a scene that both surprised and amazed me. NOT because I’m the best writer ever or because it’s the greatest piece of prose a human has ever written (nope and, uh, NOPE), but because I never planned on writing it at all.
In fact, the moment the idea wedged its way into my head, I immediately tried to reject it.
Continue reading Write the Scenes You Don’t Think Belong in Your Book
by John Briggs
Want to use your writing strengths to reach your readers?
My two greatest strengths as a writer are: I can make you think and I can make you laugh. Sometimes I can do both at the same time. Oh, I’ve been known to make readers cry, or get uncomfortable, or maybe even make them angry, but laughing and thinking? Those are my strong points.
A recent book signing confirmed that for me in a most unfortunate way.
Continue reading Know Your Strengths as a Writer