Monday, May 27, 2024

6 Things To Do When You Absolutely Can't Write

by Ane Mulligan @AneMulligan

I'm stuck. No, not with writer's block. I'm waiting for cataract surgery. Those rascally buggers came on fast and furious. One day in December I could see, and within a week, my vision was so blurry, I had to use my readers to see distance. Yikes!

To make a long story short, I had to wait 3 months to see the eye doctor. Once she recommended surgery, the surgeon called me within a week. But my surgery would be another 2 months away.

I could manage an hour or so of close work per day. If I pushed for more, a massive headache was my reward. Because I was in editing, I had to use my available time for edits.

All that to say there was no writing time. My WIP sat on my laptop in lonely abandonment. 

Saturday, May 25, 2024

The Art of Scene Crafting: A Guide to Amplifying Narrative Impact

by Zena Dell Lowe @ZenaDellLowe

As storytellers, we hold the power to shape worlds, captivate audiences, and evoke profound emotions through our craft. But there are times when writers unwittingly diminish the power of their own stories. Since stories unfold as a result of one scene, plus another scene, plus another scene and so on, the place to start is with scene construction, and learning how to maximize the dramatic potential of each moment.

Friday, May 24, 2024

An Editor’s Best Tip for Spotting Errors in Your Writing

by Lori Hatcher

As a freelance editor for a major publishing house, I use about ten different layers of editing on every project I review. Would you like to know the most helpful one? The one that enables me to spot sneaky errors I’ve passed over multiple times?

Thursday, May 23, 2024

4 Best Things to Love About Being a Writer

by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagas

When we consider our writing life, it’s easy to focus on the negative things, the hard things. As I reassessed my writing journey recently, I also thought of the good things about being a writer. Thus, the catchy title to this blog.

I identified what I consider four of the best things about being a writer. The best for me, anyway. I’m sure there are more. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Tips For Writing the Challenging Character

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

You’re an excellent writer. You’ve spent hours developing your character, but something’s missing. Frustration is eating a hole into your creativity because your character is too proud to admit he might not be perfect.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

How a Writer Looks at the Thriller Called Life

by Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes @KHutch0767

When authors pen thrillers, they must utilize three fundamental elements to help them craft, outline, and compose their book. These are known as the three Cs—the contract, the clock, and the crucible. The contract refers to the promise made to the reader that they will gain specific information by reading the book. The clock constantly pressures the protagonist to figure out their problem against a stringent timeline. The crucible is the pivotal part of the book when the antagonist and protagonist usually face off, and the protagonist is changed, arrives at a revelation, or solves a crucial problem.