The Real Hero

One important thing to remember when creating your main character–which in most cases (though not all) turns out to be the hero–is that they need to be real. What I mean is creating a character that is believable, despite all of the amazing–if not fictional–acts and accomplishments they achieve over the course of the novel.

Dialogue as Setting 

On paper, dialogue is the most important part of the filmmaking. Listening to characters talking—to each other, to themselves, to their pet rooster—is the easiest way to convey information, plot development, and humor. You can pull off all of the above without fancy camerawork, CGI, or the need for stunt doubles. Dialogue—along with sound effects

Active vs. Passive Voice 

One thing editors frequently get after writers about is the use of active vs. passive voice. Everyone faces this critique at times: “Make this sentence more active, will you? It should be snappier,” or “Passive voice bogs down the narrative.” But what exactly is passive voice, and how should you avoid it? First, let’s clear

Performance Anxiety 

The Ins and Outs of Sex Scenes Ah, the sex scene. Is any other aspect of writing so adored and reviled? There’s entire contests devoted to good and bad sex in fiction. Writers eternally hope their own scenes wind up in the former and not the latter. Sex scenes are tricky on their best days.

Old is New Again

  Oh, the things you discover during spring cleaning. I’ve always felt that old stories never really die—they just disappear, waiting for the right time for their creator to pick them up again. Sometimes you just have to give up on a project for whatever reason—time constraints, loss of passion, family emergencies—and then they end

Summer’s Coming 

Actually, depending on how warm it is (or if your child is out of school yet), it might feel like summer is already here. We’ve had some warm days and some cool days, and I think it’s still officially spring, but finally—finally—summer is right around the bend instead of months away. I’m excited. There’s just

Spring Beginnings 

Spring is just around the corner—March 20, to be exact. Spring has always been the season of new beginnings and fresh starts; you’ll notice I have a new logo on top of the page, and I’m exploring a number of new projects. Thus, for this blog entry, I’m going to talk about beginnings. The beginning

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