Category Archives: Balance

Setting Description…Writing More Than Just What You See

Today’s Question: What is the best way to describe a place in a really special way, without sounding too visual? I like this question, because it’s what the Setting Thesaurus is all about. As writers, our first reaction is to … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Sins for Novel Writing: Sin #VII

Sin #7: TMI (Too much information) We’re all guilty of this sin at some point during the writing process. The trick is finding the correct balance by the time we reach the final draft. Nothing will turn off the reader … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Sins for Novel Writing Sin # VI

Sin #6: Dialogue Disaster Pick up any work of fiction and flip through it. In fact, flip through several. How much of the novel is dialogue? With the exception of a few genres or older works, I’m betting your estimate … Continue reading

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Mermen Debunked, a Medusa Tree and Smellin’ Them Roses

Hi everyone! I’m back from a mini vacation out to the Canmore/Banff area wanted to share some wonderful pics. I hope they will help remind all my fellow writers to make time for the beauty around us. Writing is stressful, … Continue reading

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Time to Leave Your Critique Group?

In past posts, we’ve looked at the right time to join a critique group, how to evaluate feedback and accept criticism, as well as what makes a critique group work. Sometimes though, a moment comes where a writer begins to … Continue reading

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Look Before You Leap…

I’ll be straight–I’m not a fan of New Year Resolutions. They are usually spawned from feelings of failure or guilt, and let’s face it, as soon as one leaves the lips, it’s probably doomed to failure. Instead I use this … Continue reading

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Dealing with Rejection

I’ll never make it. I should just quit. I am a total loser. Bleak words, aren’t they? Still, a familiar echo to anyone receiving the soul-consuming rejection letter. A perfectly good day can go sour at seeing, ‘Dear Author’. Our … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Naughty Writer

Forgive me Stephen King, for I have sinned. I am a bad, bad writer. There are two cardinal sins that a writer can make: failing to make time for writing, and failing to make time for reading. I’m stepping up … Continue reading

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Pacing Potholes: Common Hazards that Slow Forward Motion

Pacing is a difficult thing to master. Like driving a car, there are many things we need to be on top of to keep our story on the road. Are we glancing out the window enough to be aware of … Continue reading

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Life is like a Hot Dog…

There’s nothing better than a hot dog on a nice summer evening. It’s something we grew up with, right along with the mysterious urban legend that hotdogs were made from the gross parts of our friend Cow. My brother and … Continue reading

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