Tag: create

  • Complicated Dialogue: Keeping 5 Characters in Line

    Today, I’d like to answer a question from a reader. Shena asks, “I’m writing a story and I have five people who are carrying on a conversation with each other. How do I go about stating each person’s line without constantly using, he said, he replied or using the person’s name to say this person […]

  • PLOT: You MUST be Brutal

    The biggest problem I have in planning a plot–still, after all these years–is that I am too nice to my characters. I can’t imagine the horrible things that need to happen, without a big struggle. Listen up: What is the worst thing that could happen to your character? It MUST happen at the climax of […]

  • Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose: Book Trailer Features Jack Conrad Lyrics

    Win a Free Book Trailer from Tina’s Trailers Comment about the book or book trailers below to be included in a drawing for a free book trailer. Deadline for comments is May 15, 2012 midnight. Case Studies of 3 Book Trailers One of my interests is book trailers, especially how to create great book trailers. […]

  • SCENE 1: What has the Most Potential for Improving Your Writing?

    30 Days to a Stronger Scene What has the most potential for improving your writing? Learning to write a strong scene; then making sure every scene in your story is strong. Because it’s so important, we’ll spend the next 30 days breaking down scenes and trying to write the strongest possible. 30 Days to a […]

  • Literary Conversations: What Can You Add?

    Exploring Issues through Story This weekend, I read Kenneth Oppel’s new book, Half Brother. I’ve enjoyed his award-winning Silverwing trilogy about bats, and loved his AIRBORN, a Printz Honor book. Because his career has been grounded in fantasy, it was interesting to see this foray into historical fiction. Half Brother is about a family who […]

  • Describing Characters? Be Subtle

    When should your characters notice and comment on something and when should it be just subtly included? Subtext is when something is going on in the story, but it’s only mentioned in passing, slantwise, or it’s just understood. Often, subtext comes out in dialogue, the unspoken things that the audience understands from knowing the characters […]