Add Personal Memories for a More Authentic Story

Of all the things that make a person unique, their personal memories are among the most important. Memories change the way a person sees and experiences the world. Memories can influence a person’s beliefs, and also the choices they make. Adding those personal memories to your stories then, can flavor them in a way that… Continue reading

Details in your book should be like breadcrumbs

The details in your book help to pull the reader into your world and make it more authentic and believable. Inundate the reader with too many details though, and they can quickly stop caring. With space and reader attention span at a premium, the quality and impact of the details you choose becomes vitally important.

Write Better with Twitter’s 140 Character Limit

Space has always been the bane of my writing. With novels, it’s a struggle to fill a chapter with enough pages. Everywhere else, it’s a challenge to keep things concise. While I’m still trying to nail down the former, the latter has been helped by using Twitter’s 140 character limit to help guide me to… Continue reading

What Editing Your Book Can Tell You

Last week, I talked about the futility of pursuing perfect writing. In that case, the difficult part was knowing when to stop. This week, I’d like to talk about the benefits of editing your book and what your work can tell you about itself. Like any advice however, even the best can prove useless if… Continue reading

Music’s Effect on writing – Positive or Negative?

If I’m at my computer, music of some type is usually playing. Given that most of my work after the first draft is done at the same computer, the effect music can have on it is a large concern. Is music’s effect on writing positive or negative? The answer in my experience, depends on a… Continue reading

The right tools will help you write better

The right tools for writing vary from writer to writer. What works best is determined more by preference than any hard and fast rule or price tag. More than anything, they should make you want to write, and should be invisible as you do so. Any focus directed at your tools is focus not directed… Continue reading