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Are You Waiting for Inspiration?

The search for inspiration is part of a writer’s life. Just like any other creative person, sometimes the fresh ideas flow freely, while at other times it seems like we’ve used up all the inspiration we’re going to get for this lifetime. But just how does inspiration work? According to the late, great Terry Pratchett: [...]

By | April 2nd, 2018|The Craft of Writing, Writer's Life|5 Comments

Subplots: The Connective Tissue That Holds Your Story Together

What use are subplots? You have a story to tell, and any good novel is supposed to stay laser-focused on what really matters, isn’t it? Naturally, yes, it is – but that doesn’t mean that subplots are complete detours from the main event, or lazy distractions designed solely to pad out your word count. Instead, [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|5 Comments

Using Symbolism in Fiction

Commercially, symbolism gets a bit of a bad rap these days – possibly because of literature lessons delving far too deeply into why the curtains in a certain scene were blue. Does this choice of color represent the tranquil stillness of the homeowner’s mind at the time the scene takes place? Or did blue just [...]

By | March 21st, 2018|The Craft of Writing|7 Comments

Tension Techniques: The Sly Art of Stalling

There was a man who wanted to rob a bank and escape with the money. He did. The End. Succinct, right? But unless you’re working on some flash fiction (and sometimes, even if you are), every story needs elements of suspense and tension. And these take time to build. You need to spread them out [...]

By | March 19th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|5 Comments

Is There a Difference Between Perspective and POV?

There are those of us who tend to use ‘point of view’ and ‘perspective’ interchangeably – whether we’re talking about the technical aspects of writing or just simple everyday conversation. For example, you’ve probably said (or heard someone else say) something like this: “My point of view is the book could use more work. What’s [...]

By | March 14th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|6 Comments

How to Foreshadow with Flair

Few outstanding stories don’t include at least a couple of instances of foreshadowing – because, in tight fiction, everything happens for a reason. Real life may be dull, filled with disconnected events that are purely coincidental (hence, ‘stranger than fiction’) but this doesn’t tend to translate well to the page. In storytelling, action and consequence [...]

By | March 12th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|7 Comments