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How to Bore Your Reader to Death with Repetition

Repetition is a deadly weapon: Handled with care, it can give writing the punch it needs to remain memorable – but clumsy repetition, on the other hand, can kill a reader’s enjoyment of your story quicker than you can say “slamming it shut and throwing it in the fire.” Repetition can come in a variety [...]

By | August 2nd, 2017|The Craft of Writing|7 Comments

What Makes a Hero? A Video Lesson with Matthew Winkler

The roots of the heroic archetype, and the accompanying dramatic journey, stretch far back into the annals of human history – a framework that has changed very little across millennia. And for good reason. Today, we present a short video lesson by Matthew Winkler that breaks down the hero’s journey – the basic structure of [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|2 Comments

When to Use Whom in Your Writing

It’s a favorite correction of those with impeccable grammar knowledge, yet it’s still widely misunderstood by writers and readers of the English language all over the world... When should you use who, and when should you use whom? First, a little history: The word who derives from the Old English hwā, which was commonly used [...]

By | July 24th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|22 Comments

Readability Scales: Do They Matter and Which Do You Trust?

Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning Fog, reading ease, grade level... if all this sounds like gibberish to you, you’re not alone. Some, however, you’ll probably recognise as terms which describe the level of your writing’s readability. The question is: How important is it to understand your readability score, and what does it mean for your story? Before we [...]

By | July 17th, 2017|Editing, The Craft of Writing|8 Comments

Why You Shouldn’t Tell What You Can Show

'Show, don’t tell.' It’s one of the first rules of writing – and for good reason – but as with many things in life, the truth is rarely so black and white. Both showing and telling have pros and cons, so the trick is to know exactly which situations call for which option. Telling is [...]

By | July 12th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|0 Comments

How Better World Building Will Keep You out of Trouble

A couple of years ago, I began writing a science fiction novel that was set many millennia in the future. Writing this book was more difficult than my first novel, which was set in present time, and it presented many new challenges for me. Since I’d never tackled this kind of thing before, I just [...]

By | July 10th, 2017|The Craft of Writing|4 Comments