#WriteTip: Writing Characters’ Thoughts

#WriteTip: Writing Characters’ Thoughts

Various choices arise when it comes to writing characters’ thoughts, and general approaches are largely a matter of choice rather than found as hard and fast rules in various writing manuals. First and foremost consistency within a manuscript is key. If working...
#WriteTip: Approaches to Outlining a Novel

#WriteTip: Approaches to Outlining a Novel

Approaches to outlining a novel are sometimes bemoaned by authors who decry how such an orderly approach can work against the rather addictive journey of discovery (surprise!) allowed by pantsing through a plot. After the high of flying by the seat of one’s...
#WriteTip: How to Punctuate Dialogue

#WriteTip: How to Punctuate Dialogue

Writers vary greatly in how much dialogue they use to suit varying purposes. No matter the amount incorporated into a book, properly punctuated dialogue makes the effort disappear before the reader because the punctuation cues draw them effortlessly through a text....
#WritingExercise: Photography and Writing

#WritingExercise: Photography and Writing

Combining photography and writing can be a great way to shake up your writing process, so I am reposting this writing exercise from five years ago. One of my favorite exercises in terms of driving home the power of revision comes from Discovering the Writer Within by...