Many years ago, when I had published just one book, I attended an RWA conference for the first time. Of course I was awed by the many writers with long lists of books and awards, with the appropriate fame to go along. You know, the fan girl persona so many of us get at RWA
Write what you know, right? Then it’s only natural I’d choose psychic phenomena to weave into a plot line. I’m fascinated by weird stuff—those who foresee the future, life after death, reincarnation. I’ve savored several psychic reading appointments in my lifetime. I’ve experienced the ‘awe’ of Long Island Medium Theresa Caputto up close at Treasure
I generally have a good handle on my characters before I begin their stories. But there comes a point during my writing and/or plotting that I'm looking for details about the character, something to help me focus their personalities or flesh them out. That's when I turn to Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs and Love Signs.
I don’t know about you, but I read fiction for the characters and the adventure those characters go through. Like most readers, I want vivid heroes who draw me into their situations and, often when I don’t get into the main character, I put the book aside. But how do writers create those attention-grabbing heroes?
Movie directors and cinematographers work with Image Systems to deliver a story and character that entertain and offer meaning. For those of us writing novels, creative nonfiction, memoir, and short stories, working with an “image system” can “deepen” or improve crucial aspects such as Point of View, characterization, momentum, and theme. Some writers also use
Without a doubt, asking who, what, where, when, how are critical to every novel. However, when it comes to your writing, “Why?” is the most important question to ask. Asking and answering “why?” brings layers to the story. It helps us dig deeper into our characters’ motivations and perspectives. It shows how the past impacts
“'I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” -Shannon Hale When I saw this quote late last year, I didn’t realize just how much it would affect my writing from that day forward. It has, however, now become the mantra
It's Promotion Thursday for March. Check out where you can find our WisRWA authors this month. Barbara Raffin will present a writing workshop on Using the Underused Senses and be signing books at Kress Family Library, De Pere, WI on April 14th at 10:30 AM-11:45. Lois Greiman will be signing her books at the Minnesota Horse Expo April
Before sending their manuscript out into the world, some writers choose to have their work reviewed by a freelance editor. There are several advantages to having an editor join you in the revision process. Whether you plan on self publishing, pursuing a traditional publisher, or seeking to find an agent, hiring an editor to polish
We all know there are many important elements that make up a good story. Characterization, plot, and dialogue come immediately to mind. But in doing some research, I’ve discovered I haven’t done enough thinking about Setting. And it’s so important. “Setting is a conscious choice the writer makes during the pre-writing phase,” says John Galligan