Tag: writing

Behind “The Process”: Vary Your Sentences (blah-blah-blah…)

Vary your sentences. Writing teachers say it a lot, but without some explanation, the advice can fall flat, so… What do they mean, “Vary your sentences”? Well, there are lots of different ways to construct sentences, right? Whether or not you have a love…

Behind “The Process”: Leave Breadcrumbs, Yo! (Making Big Revisions)

Making big changes to your fiction can be scary. But it doesn’t have to be…

Behind “The Process” Quickie: The Simplest Trick to Writing Believable Characters

Wanna hear one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received for writing fiction? If you’re characters aren’t authentic, your story will be flat. The best way to write authentic characters? When presented with a difficult situation in real life, almost everyone will…

Behind “The Process”: Practice? We’re Talkin about Practice? Not the Game, But Practice?

For folks who saw the title and thought, The hell is he goin on about? I can’t even begin to describe it. Here… So, yes. Practice. We’re talking about practice. Not the game. What you do before the game, which, in this case, the…

Happy New Ye… I mean… Yeah…

Happy New Year!!! I know, I know: It’s been two weeks since we said goodbye to 2019. Duh. But I stopped going online–or at least greatly reduced the amount of time I spent online–during the holidays. Why did I do that? Cuz, silly. I…