February 28th, 2018

5 Quick Ways To Shift Description and Setting Into Deep POV

Lisa Hall-Wilson

One aspect of writing in Deep POV that’s often overlooked or downplayed is the importance of filtering setting and description through your point of view character (POVC). Remember, in Deep POV you want to avoid drawing conclusions for readers. Don’t tell readers what to think, give them your POVCs raw data and let readers […]

February 23rd, 2018

New WITS Feature: First Page Critique

I’m trying a new series here on WITS, where I’ll crit a submitted first page. More on how to get your work considered below. In the meantime, let’s jump right in!

I believe we learn best, by example.

The following is from a brave WITS follower who agreed to go first ~ […]

February 21st, 2018

Emotion Commotion: Getting Emotion Right on the Page

Margie Lawson

There’s a lot of commotion about getting emotion on the page, but getting it right is tricky.

Most writers do a great job getting in their POV character’s head, telling how they process emotions. Writing thoughts.

But most writers aren’t great at sharing their POV character’s physical reactions, showing how they experience emotions […]

February 14th, 2018

Using Third Person vs First Person Novel Narratives

Les Edgerton

Hi folks,

A source of discussion that always comes up at the beginning of my classes is whether the writer should use first- or third-person. The short answer I usually give, is: “Whatever the material calls for.”

Since that doesn’t adequately address the question, I go on to amplify the […]

February 7th, 2018

A Simple Tip to Help Get Rid of Saggy Middles

 

Need to tone and tighten the middle of your WIP?

Have a saggy, lackluster character that needs work?

Feel like junking your half-finished, used-to-sparkle story?

Don’t.

Today I have a simple tip for you to brighten your character and/or your plot.

Go another way.

I first heard these words in reference to life’s struggles. […]