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”

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”

Crimes Against Secondary Characters

Truth is, most of you probably don’t have a hard time coming up with protagonists and antagonists. Some random character trait, quirk or predicament gnaws at your tail like a rabid squirrel, until you give in and give them the role. Fleshing them out also gets a lot of attention (ideally) and has you hunchedContinue reading “Crimes Against Secondary Characters”

13 Aspects About Aliens You Shouldn’t Ignore

If you want to write sci-fi, or even if you’re just a curious reader, there are a handful of screwy aspects about aliens that you need to watch out for. So here’s where it’s at. 1. Aliens should be alien If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, you can call itContinue reading “13 Aspects About Aliens You Shouldn’t Ignore”

Plot Your Novel In 7 Steps

I’ve been plowing the vast planes of the writing advice world for a fertile plot structure that my WIP can grow on. After much studying and many crumpled outline experiments, I finally patched together a structure that fits. I’ll relay the distilled version in a moment. But first I must give the due credit toContinue reading “Plot Your Novel In 7 Steps”