Category Archives: Technique

Notes on the “how to” of writing.

See The Big Picture: Visualizing Your Plots

One of the biggest problems I have with novel-length story-telling is keeping track of the big picture – the relationships not only between characters themselves, but at the higher level,…

Sketch Characters Like A Police Artist

See that pretty face there? Know who it is? Almost looks like your brother-in-law’s sister, right? Or maybe it’s that girl you knew in college. You know, the one who…

Build Worlds Ripe With Stories

I often hear beginning writers lament that they’ve built their world, but don’t seem to have any good ideas for stories.¬†Excuse me? You mean you’ve built an entire world but…

Got a POV dilemma? Try the handy new POV crow.

Writer’s Conundrum #326: Choosing the POV character for a scene when the participating characters either know too much or too little.¬† Here’s the situation: Alice is sitting in the woods,…

How work can inform your fantasies

I don’t tend to do a lot of research before I write. A little perhaps, but generally speaking, I prefer to create worlds where I can just make stuff up….