Category: Writing Craft

Weeding Out the Dross

by Sarah Tun  Writing is an art… and a science. Just like in gardening, you want to weed out the bad stuff so the good stuff can shine and breathe and spark a reader’s imagination. It’s obvious that writing is an art, but perhaps not so clear there is a science to the process of Read More …

Craft: Can you spot a liar?

by Randy Ingermanson Every person on the planet tells lies. Which means your characters all tell lies. Wouldn’t it be cool if you knew exactly what lying looks like so you could show it to your readers? Yeah, that would be cool. I’ve been watching the TV series LIE TO ME on Netflix lately. The Read More …

Realistic Characters that are Believable

by Joni Fisher GATHER BASIC INFORMATION If your story involves characters in a specific career, then research it. You can learn basic information about any legal job from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ . For hundreds of different types of jobs, the Occupational Outlook Handbook Read More …

Not the Grammar Police #2

by Sophie Dawson What’s the difference between then and than? Listen to people talking or read a hand written note sometime and you’ll invariably see these two words mixed up eventually. When proofreading, I see them confused many times. Then gives a connotation of time or place. The other than is a comparison. Seems pretty simple and straight Read More …

How to Organize Your Writing

Organization: Your Weekly Review by Randy Ingermanson If you’re serious about getting things done in your life, then you need to have a regular weekly habit of reviewing the previous week and planning the next one. That sounds fun, doesn’t it? It’s right up there with changing the oil and cleaning the toilet on most Read More …

Crafting Memorable Dialogue #2

by Joni Fisher (From her article Dialogue Abused and Misused) Dialogue is designed to perform these functions: Advance the plot. The inciting incident, key turning points, the climax and other important emotional moments have the greatest impact when the events unfold in front of the reader. Build to a change in a relationship, a power Read More …

Overcoming Hurdles: Distraction

by Sarah Tun My first goal in writing for the Authors Community is to enable writers to overcome hurdles. There are all sorts of hurdles to writing… Usually, they’re internal because writing doesn’t necessarily require a lot of equipment (yes, in the very old days, there were no computers or typewriters and folks wrote with Read More …