Category Archives: Technique

Notes on the “how to” of writing.

Character Cards in Scrivener

Not a Scrivener user? No problem. Check out the last paragraph of this article for an easy way to use these cards in your favorite editing system. Like most Scrivener users,…

The Arcane Art of Notes To Self

We all do it, no matter what tool we use. At some point, every writer I’ve ever talked to has developed a technique for embedding editorial notes to self into the…

Make Paragraphs Your Bitch

One of the bad pieces of advice English teachers often give to their students is that old crap about paragraphs being a topic sentence, followed by 2 or 3 development…

The Pampered Protagonist

There’s a structural issue I see quite frequently in fiction – especially indie fiction – that bothers me quite a bit, but in the few places I’ve ever seen it…

Summary, premise and blurb: different tools for different jobs

What’s the difference between a summary, a blurb, and a premise statement? If you don’t know the answer to this question, your marketing and your writing may both be suffering…