Past Tense vs. Present Tense Madness – And OMG I think I’m gonna write in Future Past Perfect Historical (Mandarin)

What is it with writers and tenses? There always seems to be some sort of debate or another about whether the good ol’ past tense is still THE SHIT, or whether present tense is gaining up on it on merit. You know, some people hate present tense in novels. Like really, passionately, fervently hate it. WhileContinue reading “Past Tense vs. Present Tense Madness – And OMG I think I’m gonna write in Future Past Perfect Historical (Mandarin)”

Size Matters, Length Not So Much

I’m talking about novels, of course. Be naughty in your own time. Each genre has an average expected novel length, and usually for first-time-authors that length is almost a condition. For science-fiction novels, the average length is usually between 90 and 120K, and if the author hasn’t been published before, agents and publishers will rarelyContinue reading “Size Matters, Length Not So Much”

Confessions of a converted structuralist, or How I realized the error of my ways

I always thought I was a plotter, an outliner, a planner. Not a pantser. Not someone who discovers her story while she writes it, but someone who plans ahead and always knows which way the story goes. The premeditated kind. I thought this because I had a scene-by-scene outline of the entire novel as I wrote theContinue reading “Confessions of a converted structuralist, or How I realized the error of my ways”

My Ultimate POV Guide – With Graphics And Examples

Choosing the right point of view for a work of fiction is, in my opinion, the most important decision a writer makes beside choosing the protagonist. It not only dictates what pronouns to use, and how much of the protagonist’s thoughts the reader gets to see, but also determines the distance between reader & protagonist.Continue reading “My Ultimate POV Guide – With Graphics And Examples”

How To Stick To Your Goals

Last week I put up two polls to find out what your best and worst habits as writers are, and which attitudes you’d like to change.  Thank you all very much for taking the time to vote and comment, it was very informative! As I promised, today we’ll discuss the results. I must say I wasContinue reading “How To Stick To Your Goals”