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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

6 Commonly Confused Homophones

If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to get your proofreaders and editor on your case with a vengeance, it’s falling prey to homophone confusion. Homophones are words that sound alike when you’re speaking out loud but have different spellings and completely different definitions. It might seem, to some, like a small thing – but using [...]

By | March 7th, 2018|Editing, The Craft of Writing|19 Comments

Dodging the Deus Ex Machina

The phrase deus ex machina is one that you’ve likely encountered throughout your literary travels. Latin for god from the machine, it describes an unexpected and sudden event which saves a hopeless situation. Allegedly, the phrase’s roots go all the way back to ancient Greece, where many a play would see an actor lowered from [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|10 Comments

How to Get the Most from Your Metaphors

Ah, metaphors. They are, and likely always will be, a major pillar of most fiction and poetic prose. A type of figurative language used to liven up descriptive writing, metaphors are primarily a comparison tool. Along with similes, they make up most of our well known ‘figure of speech’ idioms. However, where a simile uses [...]

By | February 28th, 2018|The Craft of Writing|20 Comments

AutoCrit Author Spotlight: Jeffrey Whittam

At AutoCrit, we're extremely proud – and consider ourselves blessed – to have such a huge range of authors that make us their first choice for self-editing. From romance, to sci-fi, high fantasy, young adult, horror, grimdark and beyond, the diverse styles we're alerted to every day is a constant source of wonder. Amongst those [...]

By | February 26th, 2018|Ask the Author, AutoCrit Author Spotlight|0 Comments