• 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…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Craft,  Discipline,  Motivation

    Top Ten Ways To Improve Your Craft As A Writer

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that if you are reading this blog then you are a writer. Even if you don’t think you can call yourself that, you probably have aspirations for literary greatness, fame, or fortune. The right kind of greatness, fame and fortune only comes from those writers who spend their time improving their craft. By becoming the best writer you can be, then you’re more likely to attract readers, agents and publishers. How to you get better? Glad you asked! This week’s Top 10 list is just that: 1. Read, read, read. Read in your genre every chance you get. Read the Classics.…