Lesson #63: Strengthening Your Voice

  There are two “types” of voices in a story. The author’s voice and the narrator’s voice. In this lesson, we’ll give you some tips on how to strengthen BOTH types of voices. First, let’s define “voice.” (After all, it’s essential to understand voice before you can strengthen it!) I have a best friend. Let’s […]

Lesson #46: Writing a FABULOUS First Line

Your first line is the opening of your story. The reader’s introduction to, essentially, these hours and hours of work which you have completed. The big hook. The main chance you have of drawing your reader’s attention… Would you rather have a so-so first line? Or a first line that makes your reader want to […]

Lesson #32: Search and Destroy

If you’ve ever taken a class from me at a writing conference, you’ve probably heard me say at least one time, “You need to become best friends with your delete button.” Why would I say such a thing? Because it’s true. Most writers and authors have a bit of a love-hate relationship with their delete […]

Lesson #25: Using Description to Your Advantage

Description often gets a bad rap. A lot of people think of description as the narrative where there’s not a lot of action and no dialogue whatsoever. If it goes on for pages and the reader isn’t engaged—it’s a problem. Here’s two of the main reasons readers do not like description. 1 – Too much […]

Lesson #18: GMC Charts

(Note: At the end of this post is a downloadable GMC chart.) So this lesson will be relatively short (hopefully) because you will need to try it out on your own – and because Kayla did such a great job with the introduction of the subject. *** But before we go any further – I […]

Lesson #13: Deep POV

Watch out, we’re diving into Deep POV! But don’t worry; you won’t drown – if you know the fundamentals and strong points. And we’re here to help! So get ready for an adventure because we’re about to delve into one of the most influential, fascinating, transforming, and effective facets of the creative writing craft. You […]