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Archive for November, 2011
by Dan Tricarico • 13 comments
Pursue your writing goals. Any time. Anywhere.
We’ve all met those people who have said to us, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to write a novel. I just don’t have the time.” Here’s a very important writing secret I’ll share with you: NONE of us has th...
by Laura Preble • 4 comments
Reading and writing fiction is an intimate experience between two smart people. The world needs more of this.
How many times have you read a book, then watched the movie and felt cheated? I do this so often, I wonder why I bother. I mean, I pick up a novel, become immersed in the rich description and the...
by Nina Munteanu • 11 comments
Author, Elsa Neal suggests that writers inadvertently shift tenses because they mix up dialogue (usually in the present tense) with narrative (usually in the past tense).
Have you taken the time to consider tense in your story? While most stories are told in the past tense (e.g., Vinnie ran out of the house), I’ve seen many written in the present tense (e.g., Vinnie ru...
by Dan Tricarico • 16 comments
Are You There, Bernadette Peters? It's Me, Danny.
When I was thirteen years old I had an industrial-sized crush on Bernadette Peters and, in a burst of pre-adolescent exuberance, I fired off a fan letter. Ignorant of the ways of Show Business, I add...
by Nina Munteanu • 18 comments
Characters help the writer achieve empathy and commitment from the reader. Characters are really why readers keep reading. If the reader doesn’t invest in the characters, she won’t really care what happens next.
Your story lives and breathes through your characters. Through them your premise, idea and your plot come alive. Characters give your story meaning; they draw in the reader who lives the journey throu...
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