My Top 12 Books On Writing

My Top 12 Books On Writing

Writers Love Books On Writing I love to read books on writing. These are not just books on grammar and style. They can be how-to guides, memoirs on the craft, workbooks, inspiring journals, and reference books. They confirm what I do know about the subject…

What Is Your Writing Element? Air, Earth, Water Or Fire?

Which element dominates the stories you write and read? The Four Elements Air (Mystery) Earth (Setting) Water (Character) Fire (Happenings) Your choice reflects your passion. Whichever element is strongest in your story is the one you should concentrate on writing. This does not mean you…

How To Use Punctuation In Dialogue

This is sometimes confusing for writers. However, it is easy to use inverted commas/quotation marks correctly. It is a poor reflection of your writing skills if you get it wrong. Ways to Denote Dialogue Single inverted commas/quotation marks Double inverted commas/quotation marks The dash Nothing…
Secrets Of A Memoirist

Secrets Of A Memoirist

Are you thinking about writing a memoir? Do you think you have a story that is interesting enough to write and one that people will want to read? Here are some secrets of a memoirist for you to consider. Secrets Of A Memoirist Write To…
The 5 Best Ways To Include Prologues

The 5 Best Ways To Include Prologues

What is a prologue? According to Literary Devices: "The prologue, Greek prologos (meaning: before word), is an opening of a story that establishes the setting and gives background details. Generally speaking, the main function of a prologue tells some earlier story and connects it to the…
5 Story Goals That Define A Plot

5 Story Goals That Define A Plot

Characters need story goals. They need other characters to oppose those story goals. This is the how you begin to plot. If you don't provide one for them, you will have an aimless story. Love is not enough Wanting to find ‘love’ or ‘acceptance’ or…

Because Here We Are Now. Entertain Us.

Kurt Cobain understood this way back in the nineties when his brain, at least, was still intact. Well, as intact as the brain of a heroin junkie can be. Apologies to any junkie I might offend. We scoff and say it’s junk, ignoring the fact…

Romance Writing – Sex Sells

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl…  Sex sells. Musicians know this. Movie producers and directors know this. The lawyers who draft the payment terms for the actors and actresses know this. And yes people, publishers know this too and,…

123 Ideas For Character Flaws

According to Oxford English Dictionaries, a character flaw is 'a fault or weakness in a person's character'. Character Flaws From Dark World RPG via The Character Therapist Absent-minded - Preoccupied to the extent of being unaware of one’s immediate surroundings. Abstracted, daydreaming, inattentive, oblivious, forgetful. Abusive…