Category Archives: Pacing

Kick it up a Notch: Top Tips on Writing a Page-Turning Novel

We all want to write an engaging, page-turning story. But that’s harder said than done, as is proven by the number of times I leave a movie complaining that it was one long bull crap moment. There are tips and tricks to successfully … Continue reading

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Pulse on Pacing: How Smooth Transitions Keep Your Story Moving

Writing itself is change, and within story structure, transitions are key to keeping things moving. It isn’t just about getting your character from scene to scene, it’s also is about communicating ideas and making sure there’s a smooth flow from … Continue reading

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A Tutorial on The Negative Thesaurus & Some Valuable Pacing Tips

Blogger extraordinaire and all-around wonderful person Jami Gold was telling me about how people are using The Negative Trait Thesaurus in the character creation process. But she did mention a general lack of ideas on how to use this book … Continue reading

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Using a Critique Checklist, or, How Not to Look Like a Twit

When writers ask me for advice, the first thing I emphasize is the importance of finding a critique group or partners. These support systems are invaluable for adding the objectivity we lack and helping us see where our work needs … Continue reading

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Dumping The Info Dumps

The Dreaded Info Dump. Did you wince a little as I wrote that? I know I did. That’s because the info dump is something very easy to do, because after all, it’s a great way to explain to readers why … Continue reading

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Adapting Story Structure for Any Project

Lydia Sharp is with us today to share some tips on how to use Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet to help with story structure, so please read on! ***** Ever since I discovered Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder back in … Continue reading

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Increasing Your Book’s Momentum, by Editor Laura Carlson

Happy Monday, people! I’m off to Disney with the fam. I know, the timing isn’t great, especially with all the CRAZY photographic evidence rumors circulating about Angela and what she’s really up to this month. But never fear. I’ve got … Continue reading

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Jodie Renner on Uncluttered Prose

Today I’m at SEEKERVILLE, a supportive Writing Community that is celebrating their 5th birthday. They kindly invited me to join in the celebration, so I hope after you’re finished today’s post on tight prose you might drop in (and maybe … Continue reading

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Building Suspense: Meeting Readers In The Middle

When thriller author Donna Galanti contacted me about guest posting here at The Bookshelf Muse on building suspense, I was all over it! As a writer on the dark side of Middle Grade and Young Adult, suspense is as alluring … Continue reading

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KM Weiland on Reverse Outlining

I am THRILLED to feature writing guru K.M. Weiland on the blog today to discuss Outlining. As a reformed panser, I have seen my writing evolve by embracing outlining techniques. And while I’m not a full outliner yet, it is … Continue reading

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