Books on writing I read in 2015

Every year I try and read a couple of books on the writing craft. I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but,  honestly, I love reading stuff on how to write fiction. Here is what I read in 2015: Planning a Novel, Script or Memoir by Hank Quense Quense offers practical tips on how […]

What I’m learning as I write my novel

When I say I’ve written six novels, this is what I really mean: I’ve written the rough draft of six novels. Sure I like to say “I’ve written six novels” to try to impress people, but if anyone would read these “novels”, he would read for five minutes, stick out his tongue, squinch up his […]

Writing Exercise: Describe One Thing Ten Ways

This writing exercise challenges the writer to describe something ten different ways. I chose Andre, a french bulldog whom I watch when his “mommy” and “daddy” are out-of-town. I have grown quite fond of him and he offers wondrous opportunities for description. Now, for my list, I decided to tackle description using the five senses […]

Hero’s Journey

I found this helpful for writing fiction: The Hero’s Journey. “The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development.  It describes the typical adventure of the archetype known as The Hero, the person who goes out and achieves […]

Writing blog roundup: great writing, create characters, writing exercises, write description, show don’t tell

What I read this week in writing blogs: The Secret of Great Writing. I recently finished editing my first novel, The Golden Crystal. How to Create Larger Than Life Characters. One thing we’re always focusing on, as authors, is creating realistic characters. Fiction Writing Exercises for Creating Characters. Whenever I’m working on a story idea, I […]