My characters want things. A lot of things, sometimes. But if I just keep having them say “I want, I want, I want”, they’d sound like spoiled brats; also, “want” sometimes just doesn’t cover it.
Today I’m going to give you seven verbs that can replace “want” in your writing and pack a punch while they’re at it.
The words are Continue reading
The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
Themes and genres: Non-fiction, writing guides, advice, tips
In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style Continue reading
This month I’ve got something to enjoy on every medium: an audiobook, a paperback and an e-book. Two of those are fiction and the paperback is something I’d recommend to writers. In the order I’ll be reviewing, the books are…
Don’t Judge – Nothing Special, Book 4
Author: A.E. Via
Narrator: Aiden Snow
Listening length: 9 hours and 38 minutes
Themes and genres: Contemporary LGBT Romance, crime, detective, bounty hunter, gay
WARNING: Mature Content
Detective Austin Michaels didn’t think life could get any better after he was accepted into the most notorious narcotics task force on the East Coast Continue reading
Someone recently asked me about writing motivation tips and I realized that – even with one hundred Tuesday Tiny Writing Tips posted – I haven’t shared with you one of the most simple pieces of advice on the topic.
What’s that tip? Continue reading
Two weeks ago, in the first part of this post, I gave you fifteen ways to show that your character is in love with someone; today, I’m going to give you suggestions on what couples could do together or what one person in a relationship could do for the other Continue reading
This post is going to be part of the Show Don’t Tell subseries of the Writing Wednesdays series in which I give you Continue reading
In today’s Writing Wednesdays post, I’ll be replying to a question I’ve gotten dozens of times: how long does a chapter need to be? Continue reading
Okay. We had one negative and one positive 10 Ways to Show Your Character is (Irritated and Happy, respectively); today, we are going to show excitement!
Have your character: Continue reading
We got a bit negative last month with 10 Ways to Show Your Character is Irritated; to balance things out, the first Writing Wednesdays post for April is going to be 10 Ways to Show Your Character is Happy.
Have them: Continue reading
There are only so many times you can use the word “irritated”… Or “annoyed”. Or “frustrated”. Or “ticked off” (yeah, I know it’s a phrase, not a word).
You get it: you can use “irritated” or a synonym of it in your writing. However, in order to avoid repetition while at the same time adhering to the show don’t tell rule, why don’t you include one – or more – of these ten gestures? Continue reading