Joseph made breakfast and tea, then spilled it. This sentence may state what is happening in a story, but it doesn’t evoke much emotion in the reader. The empathy comes and goes as quickly as the words pass through the mind. It’s a good example of a “tell” sentence that gives a reader the knowledge … Continue reading Small, Important Details
Actions can convey so much, and nearly every character will have movement in your writing, whether it's directly mentioned or not. In many books I've read over the last two years, I've noticed very little movement described outside the generic ran, jumped, sat,and walked. And I've started realising more and more just how much I … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Action
Lately I’ve had far too many different creative inspirations and projects going through my head nonstop. I’m loving it as well as a bit overwhelmed by it. Yet when it came to writing a poem for this week’s blog, I was struggling so much. I couldn’t focus. I didn’t like what I was writing. What … Continue reading Do Not Look
Blue eyes, grey skies, red lights, and black nights. Colours are always surrounding us, in life, nature, and fiction. And they have become very cliché over the years and centuries in which they’ve been used to describe appearances of people, the world, and everything in between. They’ve also been used as symbols and pathetic fallacies, … Continue reading Writing: Breaking Colour Clichés
Tea in hand, Google Docs pulled up, Harry Potter soundtracks blaring through my headphones, and a desire to write (and hopefully motivation and inspiration to go with it). This is a common picture of how I start writing on whatever project on any given day. But lately, I’ve found myself sitting down and just staring...and … Continue reading Writing: Planning a Scene
There are countless ways to approach writing an outline for your novel. Sometimes it takes multiple forms to get just one outline put together. I recently finished my first “complete” outline for a book that I’ve had in my head for three years. I did so by combining three of the outlining styles I’ve heard … Continue reading Writing: Creating an Outline
When it comes to my blog posts, I plan really far in advance. I know it isn’t exactly an outline, but it works as one. Then there are my short stories and my novel. For these, I’m usually a “pantser,” writing everything that comes to mind as it arrives. But I’ve learned over the last … Continue reading Anxiety and Outlining
Andrew tells us a bit about the things he likes to hear. "I love the sound of my best friend's singing (she sounds awful)."