• Craft,  Organization

    Ten Questions To Ask Before Writing An Interesting Scene

    In a novel, what is a scene? A scene is a small increment of the story that progresses the story forward. A novel is full of them. And while this may seem obvious, they ain’t easy to write. Have you written a scene and not known where to start? Ask yourself these ten questions! The purpose of a scene is to put the characters in a new situation in which they are either pushed toward or pulled away from their objectives. Your scenes are the necessary steps that the characters take for the advancement of the story. Your characters could be in the scene deliberately, say Betty and Veronica arrived…

  • Craft,  Discipline

    Three Tips to Diving into your Writing FAST by Author Robin Patchen

    How do you get a running start on your writing every day? For those of us who must write in short increments (say about ten minutes), it’s important to be able to jump right in when you can snatch a moment. I’m certainly not the master of this—that would be Katharine, of course—but I do have a couple of quick tips. Most of you have probably heard Ernest Hemingway’s advice on this subject—end your day’s writing in the middle of a sentence. I’ve tried that, but the annoying OCD chick inside me just can’t stand the thought of that half-completed sentence and that [gasp] missing punctuation mark. Alas, there are…