Dos and Don’ts for Writing Viewpoint Voice

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Many readers and editors state that a strong voice immediately draws them into a story, and one of the most important voices will come from your viewpoint character. But even when you’ve developed their personality and voice, it can still be tricky to actually get them on the page. Here are nine dos and don’ts […]

Understand and Implement Voice

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In writing, voice happens at three levels: the author, the narrator, and the characters each have their own voices. While many editors and readers openly state they are hooked and reeled into a story by a strong voice, many writers struggle to understand let alone implement voice. Despite voice often being regarded as elusive, and […]

Fantasy and Our Modern World

Fantasy Modern World

Fantasy and Our Modern World: A Few Observations The first truly modern fantasy work was The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. That’s not a statement that very many critical theorists can dispute. But what is fantasy, and how did Tolkien make it “modern” and what does it mean for us today? Fantasy is […]

Religion in Fiction

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Certain works of fiction are designed to appeal to readers with strong belief systems. But not all “religious fiction” need be religious.

Showing, Telling, Making

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the adage “Show, don’t tell” is used to beg for more information. Yet I’ve always felt that that advice is . . . imprecise.

Spectacular Settings

how to write a setting

When I’m looking at a story, one of the simple things I look at is setting. There are so many aspects to setting, so let’s just look at a few

Being Prolific

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How to make a living as an author. Being prolific is not something I think about, but it is something I can teach.

Imagination

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You may not realize it, but the most common problem with stories is that they’re tepid.

Working with a Cast of Millions

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I’ve mentioned before that many bestselling stories share a common trait: they appeal to broad audiences—old and young, male and female.

When to Stop Polishing a Manuscript

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Many new writers don’t know when to stop polishing a manuscript and move on to the next. Part of the reason for that might have to do with Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway and His Legacy Years ago, a writer asked Hemingway, “How many times should I rewrite a manuscript?” Now, Hemingway hated dumb questions, so he […]