Pacing, Plotting, and Causality

Plotting is in the story itself, it’s the logic, causal concatenation of events (note: not casual.) Pacing is how the writer unravels the story. First, what makes up a good plot? Interesting characters doing either interesting things, or placed in challenging situations that test their beliefs and resolve is what keeps readers turning pages. But is […]

The Writing Process

(The Writing Process. My apologies, Dr. Seuss) I can write in a car, I can write by a fire, I can write in a boat, I can write on a float. I can write on a table, I can write when I’m able; I can write anywhere. Among the questions writers torture themselves with are whether we should write […]

Details, Details, Details

Details give color and music to our prose and a grip on reality. Or should I say they make writing red, sassy, and jazzy. Name it, name it, name it, name it. It’s not a flower – it’s a rose, a petunia, a skunk cabbage. It’s not a tree, but a pine, palm, or oak. […]

Sentence Writing 101 – Decision and Conclusions

If this is your first stop, you’ve missed the Introduction, Decision, Excision, Precision, Concision, and Incision. Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores*,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive […]

Sentence Writing 101 – Incision

If this is your first stop, you’ve missed the Introduction, Decision, Excision, Precision, and Concision. Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores*,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive […]

Sentence Writing 101 – Concision

If this is your first stop, you’ve missed the Introduction, Decision, Excision, and Precision. Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores*,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive […]

Sentence Writing 101 – Precision

If this is your first stop, you’ve missed the Introduction, Decision, and Excision. Narrative is a different kind of prose. It’s not journalism, and it has to render rather than report. O Tempora, o Mores*,  what is accepted today as good narrative prose is different from books and novels of the past. Flowery prose, pedantic descriptions, passive […]

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