Checklist for writing a scene

When it came to my novel, I honestly didn’t think I’d have to do that. But, here I am, the stage of my novel where I am going over each scene, and I am “killing my darlings.” I want to keep most of the scenes, but I have a criteria I go over that may tell me otherwise.


Fiction Writing Workshop: Action Scenes

He extends his sword and then utters these words: “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.” The most memorable part of this fight scene are these words. But why? To find the answer, I wanted to know more about writing effective fight and action scenes. My novel has several of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]