Names are labels that help us keep track. In fiction, keeping identities clear when names can shift based on relationships is a challenge.
Real Life is Crowded
Nov 6, 2022
Keeping track of a large cast of characters in fiction can be a challenge, but there’s a really good reason why sometimes it’s worth the work.
The Story Begins at Midnight
Aug 9, 2022
Beginnings and endings are important inflection points in stories and in life, but the significance depends on context and perspective.
Writer or Organized Squirrel?
Jul 10, 2022 | Writing
False starts are part of my creative process, and they sometimes generate material I wish I could use. The trick is keeping track of where I saved those unused possibilities.
The Dreaded Blank Page
Jun 10, 2022 | Communications, Writing
Not knowing how to begin is no excuse for writerly procrastination. Here are two of my favorite ways to get myself unstuck.
Writing, Weeding, and Artificial Intelligence
May 8, 2022 | Writing
Writing takes effort, but that’s a big part of the satisfaction. Even if we can automate all the hard work, should we?
Character-Driven Fiction: Perspective & Empathy
Apr 9, 2022 | Word Matters, Writing
Character-driven fiction can change the way we see the world by helping us practice looking from a different perspective. It’s possible in any genre.
The Technical Edit: Five Tips for Finding & Fixing Tiny Flaws
Mar 5, 2022 | Editing English, Writing
In the final installment of this mini-series on self-editing for authors, learn how to catch the little mistakes in your writing.
The Style Edit (continued): Word Search
Feb 5, 2022 | Editing English, Writing
Part 4 of the self-editing for authors mini-series continues with some ways writers can use the search function to improve style.
The Style Edit: The Sound of Style
Jan 8, 2022 | Editing English, Writing
Part 4 of self-editing for authors touches on how listening to your work can help you refine your writing style.
The Structural Edit: Following the Thread
Dec 4, 2021 | Editing English, Writing
Part 3 in the series on how to self-edit is about refining a work’s structure to make sure the story holds together.
The Content Edit | Editing for Coherence
Nov 5, 2021 | Communications, Editing English, Writing
Part 2 of the self-editing mini-series is all about why a reader’s questions are the most valuable tool for content editing.