Fiction Writing Rule #3: Create Dimensional Characters

Fiction Writing Rule #3: Create Dimensional Characters

A story isn’t a story without characters. Much like reality, it doesn’t matter how small a person appears because their actions and personality can cause an explosion.

Throughout literature there are stunning examples of deep, multifaceted characters, without which stories would be drab and boring. Take, for example, characters like Sherlock Homes and John Watson whose depth rival that of some real life individuals.

In continuation of our Fiction Writing Series, our next topic of discussion is how to create dimensional characters. Continue reading “Fiction Writing Rule #3: Create Dimensional Characters”

The Guide to Clear and Concise Writing

The Guide to Clear and Concise Writing

As National Novel Writing Month ends, the beginning of the holiday season strikes. The time of the year has come where you embark on reading stories about obnoxious gingerbread men, elves that watch naughty children, talking turkeys, and an incessant use of the word ‘Tis.’

You find yourself watching terribly scripted made for TV holiday movies and ridiculous commercials that make you want to poke your eyeballs out. Now, imagine having to read this stuff year round.

It’s a safe bet you would never again read or watch TV, and the survival of your eyeballs would be debatable.

As you feast your eyes on your NaNoWriMo work, or set your sights on your next writing project, it’s important to focus on the importance of clear and concise writing. Let’s take a minute and review some important tips that will help you prepare a fresh and crisp piece of writing for your readers. Continue reading “The Guide to Clear and Concise Writing”

A Guide to Split Infinitives

A Guide to Split Infinitives

Whether you are writing a novel or a simple short story, the infancy stages of your piece will not be perfect. It is also a safe bet that one of the biggest grammatical headaches, the split infinitive, has been a thorn in your side. Don’t worry, you are not the only writer to enter split infinitive hell! Continue reading “A Guide to Split Infinitives”

Fiction Writing: Jumpstarting Your Creativity

Fiction Writing: Jumpstarting Your Creativity

Fiction writing is hard work. Depending on your approach, it can be harder than non-fiction in numerous respects. It takes effort, planning, and dedication. It requires a thick skin. But most of all, it demands creativity and passion. Yet, even the most creative and passionate amongst us can run into troubles from writer’s block to the stall of procrastination. So, just how can we humble authors jumpstart our creativity? Continue reading “Fiction Writing: Jumpstarting Your Creativity”

How to Tell a Great Story

How to Tell a Great Story

Storytelling is one of the most important elements of writing. It doesn’t matter if you’re an independent author writing fiction, a copywriter creating content for a business or a student writing a paper for school. Knowing how to tell a great story can make the difference between capturing and losing your audience. Continue reading “How to Tell a Great Story”

20 Tips for Maintaining Your Writing Focus

20 Tips for Maintaining Your Writing Focus

Writers come in all shapes and sizes. Some write for a living as freelance writers. Others wear a writer’s hat while in college or university. Still more slip into a writer’s shoes as they prep presentations and communications at work. Whether you’ve been writing for six months or six years, you no doubt agree that when you’re in the zone, you’re in the zone. But if you lose your focus you’ll spend hours staring at a blank screen, eyes watering as your deadline looms. Continue reading “20 Tips for Maintaining Your Writing Focus”