Halftimes in Fiction

I’ve heard so many writers complain that they hate writing middles, and have a hard time keeping the tension up and the stakes high throughout the entire story. They talk about sagging middles, saddle seats, plot valleys, and so on. They’re afraid to drop the tension in the middle. Scared of it. Terrified of theContinue reading “Halftimes in Fiction”

Grit And Guts Or Going Nuts

When I first started putting my hypergraphia to sensible use, it came with a load of prejudices in the trunk. I thought being a writer meant you had to think purple, that you had to have read everything worthwhile out there and were supposed to live in a house built out of your own booksContinue reading “Grit And Guts Or Going Nuts”

Feasibility Matters

We naturally follow a “what’s in it for me” law in everything we do, be it the pursuit of a hobby (fun overweighs the cost), a job (money overweighs the effort) or an investment (gain overweighs the risk). Even if we’re not aware of it, we’re always performing this comparison in our minds, and logicallyContinue reading “Feasibility Matters”

Warning: Editor Inside!

Don’t you just hate the feeling that something’s terribly wrong with exactly this paragraph, but you can’t pinpoint it? It’s the wording, and possibly the sentence length. Or is it the punctuation? By God, it’s not the words, it’s the meaning behind them! It’s not conveying the right mood, and you don’t know how theContinue reading “Warning: Editor Inside!”

Descriptions – The Devil’s In The Details

I hated writing descriptions, because I seemed to never get them to feel right. I was swaying from info-dumps to lapidary sketches and back again like a pendulum, never quite making the most effective things stand out or conveying the desired mood. Then I started to pay attention to the descriptions that worked in theContinue reading “Descriptions – The Devil’s In The Details”