One of my favorite panels from DV Con was about voice. The presenters brought up many powerful points. They mentioned questions to ask about your main character (MC). Preferably, you'd ask these questions before you begin writing. But if you're like me, you don't know your characters as well on the first draft, so this … Continue reading 3 questions to build your characters’ voices
In college writing classes, we sit in a tight circle, facing each other. Sometimes, we critique our own works; other times we discuss writing. But one time — and only once — everyone raised their voices against what I suggested. I disagreed with the author using the word "said" for every single dialogue tag. I … Continue reading Is “said” worthless?
#9 — Overusing character names Lately, I've seen a few writers overuse character names. They would use a name almost every chance they could. Here's a fictional example: John walked over to Laurencia with the biggest smile on his face. He turned with his back away from Laurencia, careful not to let Laurenica see the … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #9
#8 — The Words "Felt" and "Feel" No matter what POV you write in, you're going to come across the word felt or feel at some point. These words are sometimes glossed over without realizing the potential that could be brought to the story if you write without them. Let me give an example. "He … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #8
If you missed part one or need a recap, it's here. #3 - Editing your manuscript Don't panic, but this can take many rounds. Editing a book is difficult, and sometimes minds will disagree. You're about to dig deep into your work. How is your dialogue? Believable? Does your character's motivations seem valid, true to … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part two
Lately with my busy schedule, I've perfected a new art form: skimming. I didn't mean to. I open a book with the intent to read every single word and get the most out of it. But sometimes I'm there for the story plot rather than the writing. The words on the page aren't as smooth … Continue reading Art of skimming: a skeptical bliss
"In other words, there are at least thirty thousand people here-" Shiroe intentionally avoided saying gamers. "-but no government and no laws." Title: Log Horizon, The Beginning of Another World Author: Mamare Touno Genre: YA Fiction Pages: 768 pages Publication date: April 21st 2015 Publisher: Yen On Years ago, I watched Log Horizon and fell in love … Continue reading Book review – Log Horizon (Spoiler Free)
Many writers love the word “said.” They use it for every dialogue tag they can. But writers can overuse “said.” Reading “said” gives the reader nothing about the story. But there are other words that expand it, letting the reader know more about the characters and plot. These other dialogue tags include: Announced Boasted Commented … Continue reading Battles with the word “said”