I've been working on a revision of a project and, as I was thinking over the events that took place, I realized that many of the scenes take place in very vague settings. The main character's house, for example. I have a clear idea in my head of what some of the rooms and the … Continue reading Sketching Your Setting
In my post from last month, "How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?" I talked about how authors of young adult books are including more profanity, sexual situations, drug use, and other controversial content in their novels. I was really curious to find out in greater detail what readers of all ages … Continue reading Survey Analysis: How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?
“Is this a kissing book?” Oh hell, yes. Those are the best kind. The secret to writing a good kissing book is: don’t have too much kissing. I KNOW. It seems counterintuitive. And yet it’s true. Because you know what we love more than the kissing even if we don’t realize it? The stuff leading … Continue reading The Secret to Writing Good Kissing Books
Life is like Lego, and so is writing. We all have our own bin, full of everything we’ve experienced on a sensory, intellectual, and emotional level. Yes, there are probably more levels than that, but I'm trying to be brief here. Some of the pieces in our tub? They match the pieces in other people’s … Continue reading The Lego Effect: Why It’s Okay to Have the Same Ideas
There is much to be said for sitting down with a huge book and savoring it for days or weeks on end. I enjoy meeting a cast of interesting characters, exploring the world and setting, and marveling in the myriad, intricate storylines and subplots the author weaves together into a grand tapestry. I’m constantly in … Continue reading Make a Long Story Short: Flash Fiction as a Writing Tool
Too many ideas run through my head. Different genres, age levels, etc... And as an already slow writer these clusters of ideas can be quite hazardous. They start to bleed into whatever current work is happening, only to be deleted once the mistake is realized. However all these ideas can be used to your advantage...with … Continue reading My Name Is Barry Allen and I Write Fiction
I recently attended a class by Sarah M. Eden because I've taken courses from her before and she's a brilliant teacher. I went in knowing I'd learn something, but I didn't have super high hopes as she was teaching about the plot structures of romance novels, and while mine have subplots that are romantic, I … Continue reading Writing a Different Kind of Romance: The Sibling Relationship