Writing Fiction: One Simple, Essential Element You May Be Missing

In a recent writers’ group meeting, we discussed writing fiction, as we often do. A topic came up which intrigued me. I know that I often overlook this simple, but very important element. Writing fiction: is your novel or short story unbalanced? One writer in the group said: “I want to talk about pacing. I’m … Read more

3 Quick Tips For Suspenseful Fiction: Invoke Readers’ Imagination

Last year, several of our writers’ group gatherings focused on writing suspenseful fiction. A member triggered this topic when she complained about feeling tired all day: “I stayed up until 2:30 this morning, finishing a novel. I thought why? Then I started wondering how I could write like that.” When we discussed books which hooked … Read more

Writing Fiction: Outlining Tips For Pantsers

Writing Fiction: Outlining Tips For Pantsers

In our recent writers’ group meeting we discussed writing fiction and the fraught topic of outlining. Those of us who are pantsers wince when we hear the word: “outline”. Pantsers don’t do outlines; we write by the seat of our pants. We feel guilty about that, so we experiment with outlines every few years. It … Read more

Plotting Fiction: The Most Popular Posts This Year

Plotting Fiction: The Most Popular Posts This Year

Continuing with our yearly review, let’s look at the blog’s most popular posts for plotting fiction. Is plotting a challenge for you? I found plotting horrendous for years: I was convinced that I was a pantser (someone who writes by the seat of his pants)—I was someone who couldn’t plot. Plotting fiction: you can do … Read more

Fiction Writing: The Most Popular Posts This Year

Fiction Writing: The Most Popular Posts This Year

The fiction writing posts on the blog were popular this year. Continuing with our annual review, let’s look at the most popular ones. Fiction writing: emotion, plotting, and suspense Plotting and suspense are challenges for many authors—and how do we create emotions readers can feel? Check out these posts. Entertain your readers: help them to … Read more

Writing Fiction Made Easier: 2 Tips For Using Flashbacks

Writing Fiction Made Easier: 2 Tips For Using Flashbacks

If you’re writing fiction, sooner or later someone will tell you that your flashbacks are unnecessary — they’re ruining your novel. That’s because your flashbacks bring your story to a halt. They kill the pace of your novel, and you lose readers. Readers just want to know what happens next. They don’t care what happened … Read more