Category: on writing

Smarten up your protagonist. 
Your protagonist…

Smarten up your protagonist. 
Your protagonist is your reader’s portal into the story. The more observant he or she can be, the more vivid will be the world you’re creating.

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, o…

I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.

Source: (x)

Source: (x)

The line of dialogue belongs to the character;…

The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in.

Why say “very beautiful”? “Beautiful” is enoug…

Why say “very beautiful”? “Beautiful” is enough.

dictionarycomblr: “Even trained for years as t…

dictionarycomblr:

“Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?” 

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I have tried very hard as a novelist to say, “…

I have tried very hard as a novelist to say, “Novels are about individuals and especially larger than life individuals.” My protagonists are very feisty characters.

Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sou…

Man, sometimes it takes you a long time to sound like yourself.

Trust your reader. Not everything needs to be …

Trust your reader. Not everything needs to be explained. If you really know something, and breathe life into it, they’ll know it too.

Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do …

Words bounce. Words, if you let them, will do what they want to do and what they have to do.