• Beautiful Words,  Craft,  Creativity,  Uncategorized

    Description: Six Ways To Tone It Down And Make Your Story Stronger

    Description can be overdone like Girl Scout cookies, sunny days and reality television. In our fiction writing, description can play a key role. It can make the details of the story come alive vividly. Good description engrosses the reader in the story. But like fine wine, news in an election year, and most pork products, if you have too much description, you may regret it. Many times writers get a little too excited with their descriptions of the people, places and things in their story. As much as I loved the beauty and genius of Les Miserables, I totally skimmed through dozens of pages describing the sewer systems of Paris. With apologies…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Inspiration

    Top 10 Ways To Describe An Object In Your Novel And Why It Matters

    It’s pity that I don’t hold murder weapons on my desk. If I did, I could describe them and stick them in my work-in-progress. This is what I do have: I have a cobalt glass heart that I use as a paperweight. My husband’s cousin, Robin gave it to me. It’s been over 15 years since she’s given it to me and I can’t not think of her when I see it. This glass heart could be a weapon if I needed to be. It has little value other than who gave it to me. I also have a lamp, a cardboard coaster from a beer garden in Germany, four…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Craft,  Creativity,  Uncategorized

    Top 10 Ways To Find Inspiration For Your Main Character by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    If we’re creating the right kinds of characters, they will feel like real people. They would have a clear description, a consistent personality, strong objectives, bad habits and body odor. But where do we start when it comes to creating them? I don’t think there is one right answer. But if you’re looking for inspiration, or you want a clearer picture, consider this list: Top Ten Ways To Find Inspiration For Your Main Character 1. Pick an Archetype In the beginning of your creation consider looking at basic tropes often used in fiction.The archetypes are generally defined by their role and their basic reaction to the story. You know these. You’ve recognized…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Work-In-Progress

    How To Describe An Object And Why It Matters In Your Novel

    It’s pity that I don’t hold murder weapons on my desk. If I did, I could describe them and stick them in my work-in-progress. This is what I do have: I have a cobalt glass heart that I use as a paperweight. My husband’s cousin, Robin gave it to me. It’s been over 15 years since she’s given it to me and I can’t not think of her when I see it. This glass heart could be a weapon if I needed to be. It has little value other than who gave it to me. I also have a lamp, a cardboard coaster from a beer garden in Germany, four…