Most stories are written in literary past tense. What does that term mean, and if different from normal past tense, how is literary past tense different?Pin It
A common question in writing forums asks when we should italicize a character’s thoughts. How should we format our characters’ internalizations?Pin It
We often want to share both characters’ reactions during dialogue. How can we do so without causing point-of-view, head-hopping, or attribution issues?Pin It
Many are struggling with anxiety, but stories have power in a crisis. Beyond the stories we write, there’s also the story we tell ourselves about our life.Pin It
Let’s talk unreliable narrators: What can they do for our story, how can we create them, and what are the pros and cons of using them?Pin It
Should writers read current books in their genre? Some say this is common sense, but others think it’s controversial. Why should we read recent books?Pin It
To discover the best drafting process for us, we might need to experiment.
Today, Marty C. Lee shares how she develops story beats into a chapter-by-chapter outline.
How can we include conflict—and conflict resolution—between our characters without relying only on fighting? Check out L. Deborah Sword’s insights.Pin It
Let’s say this only once: Repetition and redundancy in our writing is a problem, but we can learn how to avoid the issue.Pin It
Is a scene’s sequel—the reaction to a scene’s events—part of the scene? Or are they ever independent (and if so, how do we make them stronger)?Pin It