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Points of View: Writing in Second Person Perspective

Writing in the second person is extremely unusual in fiction, but not unheard of. Unlike the widely-used first and third person perspectives, the second person is trickier to get right, and more suited for certain niches as well as technical and professional documents. The hallmark of the second person perspective is the primary use of [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|6 Comments

Points of View: Writing in First Person Perspective

Writing from a first person perspective plants your readers directly in the story – they can immediately access the voice and inner thoughts of a main character, straight from the horse’s mouth. As the hallmarks of a first person perspective, using ‘I’ and ‘my’ makes it easier for the reader to experience the proceedings as [...]

By | September 18th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|14 Comments

Weekly Writing Roundup – September 15

A smorgasbord of superb writing insights awaits you in this week's roundup, including: Fred Johnson, revealing why modern gaming is far more than child’s play in What Video Games Can Teach You About Storytelling. The Writer’s Ally, with The Secret to Impressing Big Agents and Publishers. Standout Books, offering a impressively smart method for building [...]

By | September 15th, 2017|Weekly Writing Roundup|0 Comments

AutoCrit Author Spotlight: Kyle Belote

The celebrations keep coming thick and fast here in the AutoCrit stables, as another of our fabulous AutoCrit Elite authors has just brought his latest work to market! This time around the distinguished individual is author Kyle Belote, whose fantasy tome The Bearer of Secrets (Volume 1 in his Dark Legacy series) is now available [...]

By | September 14th, 2017|AutoCrit Author Spotlight|0 Comments

6 Non-Fishy Ways to Plant Red Herrings in Your Story

One of the most important and entertaining parts of any mystery novel is when the reader is led astray by clues sprinkled throughout the story, ensuring the climax is truly surprising. A ‘red herring’ is an idiom that describes a logical fallacy whereby the reader is distracted by seemingly plausible, though ultimately irrelevant, diversionary tactics. [...]

By | September 13th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|2 Comments

Weekly Writing Roundup – September 08

In this week’s AutoCrit Weekly Writing Roundup: Bess Cozby at DIYMFA has some great advice with her Five Tips for Making the Most of a Writing Retreat. Worth a read even if you haven’t had the pleasure of going on one yet! Author Jim Hardison visits Writer’s Digest to offer us 7 Serious Tips for [...]

By | September 8th, 2017|Weekly Writing Roundup|0 Comments

AutoCrit Author Spotlight: John Hansen

When our AutoCrit Elite members finally get to enjoy seeing their hard work published, we like to take a few moments to help celebrate the success and share the word with the fantastic AutoCrit community. This time, we’re proud to announce that long-standing member of the AutoCrit Elite family, John Hansen, has recently released the [...]

By | September 7th, 2017|AutoCrit Author Spotlight|1 Comment

Lean and Mean: Extreme Line Editing!

An interesting discussion (we think) for today: Tumblr user “madlori” has some line editing advice you might not like. Firstly, before we dive into that, it’s important we clarify the difference between line editing and any other form of manuscript editing... Line editing comes near the end of the writing process, before the copy editor [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|Editing|0 Comments

[VIDEO] How to Develop Your Story Idea Into an Entire Novel

How many times has it happened to you? You're sitting there and, all of a sudden, inspiration strikes! A new story idea pops into your head -- an exciting, high concept outline that gets your blood pumping with possibilities... And then you realize that the real work needs to start. That golden overview needs to [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|0 Comments

Weekly Writing Roundup – September 01

This time in the AutoCrit Weekly Writing Roundup: Daily Writing Tips challenges you to engage your creativity and find different ways to get your message across with a helpful list of 50 Redundant Phrases to Avoid. Janice Hardy gets candid about her evolution as a writer, and urges you to do the same, in How [...]

By | September 1st, 2017|Weekly Writing Roundup|0 Comments