When You’re Failing at NaNoWriMo

Look guys, NaNo is huge. It's a massive undertaking that thousands of writers tackle every year. Many find success - hell, I've heard legends about people completing double-NaNo in November (I know, I struggle to comprehend it too!), but more importantly, there's also hundreds (thousands?) of us who don't reach the 50,000 word goal. And … Continue reading When You’re Failing at NaNoWriMo

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Why You Should Consider Completely Scrapping Chapter One

Let's talk about the first chapter of a book and the reasons why I scrap chapter one. Chapter One: The Beginning. The first words of a story, the first scenes and events - for me - are equivalent to dipping your toes in the water, a temperature test, an experiment in preparation. Obviously, this will … Continue reading Why You Should Consider Completely Scrapping Chapter One

Filter Words and Phrases to Avoid in Writing Fiction…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Filter words act like a veil between the reader and the character

by Kathy Steinemann  on Anne R. Allen site:

This article provides a list of writing filters, with practical examples of how to replace them. You’ll also find exercises that can double as story prompts.

All words exist for a reason. Use them wisely to create engaging narrative.

Why the fuss?

Filter words form a barrier that distances readers from a story.

Bertie felt the warm sand between her toes as she walked.

Bertie’s experience is relayed secondhand. When word economy is critical, this approach works. However, wouldn’t you rather become so involved that you almost feel it yourself?

With a few tweaks, we can strengthen the sentence.

The sand trickled between Bertie’s toes, radiating warmth with every step she took.

Strong verbs, trickled and radiating, amplify the sensory impact.

Five senses? Six? Twelve?

Most people can name…

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Contractions

No, I'm not talking about a woman in labor. I'm talking about grammar, and how it effects the play of your sentences. I'm talking about how to use it to give your writing more umph. Contractions, I'm sure most of you know, is when two or more words are combined into one, shortened form, using … Continue reading Contractions

Characterization and Diversity

I think one of my greatest struggles in writing is creating entirely unique characters - especially when it comes for supporting characters. My main characters aren't quite as big an issue; they have background and context that lends them their own unique traits and habits. However, I have noticed I can tend to lean towards … Continue reading Characterization and Diversity

Your New Years Resolution: An Evaluation

That's right people, we are almost half way through 2017. Shit. Now some of you mightn't have bothered with New Years resolutions; I can certainly understand the sentiment. It's just a day of the year, nothing special, you can vow to change at any point in time - or maybe you just don't believe in … Continue reading Your New Years Resolution: An Evaluation

The Writer’s Website

Today I want to talk about the importance of web presence, professionalism, and content, when it comes to being an author. I would also like to note, that this is all the view and opinion I have developed from research on the topic. It is by no means law, nor entirely comprehensive. However, it is, … Continue reading The Writer’s Website