When I was writing the Tone Talks series, I figured that the area of character relationships really needed something more than a brief mention or paragraph. This is one of the biggest mistakes of amateur writers and an easy thing to miss if you don’t know what to look for. If handled well, characters relationships … More “Yes, Dear”: On Character Relationships
Sometimes, it’s obvious what needs to go for your novel to reach perfection. Some odd scenes and moments that don’t really fit in with anything or that are very clumsily written are easy to say no to, even if they seemed like a good idea at the time. Others might be sections that you are … More What to Cut?
Once upon a time, I was editing a terribly dramatic scene in a fantasy novel. The princess had stolen her dead mother’s elven bow to take part in a sudden battle, and in the process of defending her palace had been mortally wounded. Her father, the king, was openly weeping at his only daughter’s bedside … More The King’s Rage: Giving Your Characters Venom
Writing is often a very quiet and private experience for me. I curl up on a corner of a couch with a mug of hot tea, flex my fingers, and then write for as long as I can, avoiding distractions and other people whenever possible. However, I have learned that sometimes, especially when editing a … More Stimulate Your Ears, Stimulate Your Book: Reading Aloud and Listening to Music