April 10th, 2017

Stuck in a Rut: How to Amp Up a “Boring” Story Setting

Angela Ackerman

Taking the time to choose the right setting for each scene is one of the best ways to ensure our writing has impact. Why? Because the setting touches everything. It can characterize the story’s cast, evoke mood, generate conflict, shape the plot, and even use symbols and emotional triggers to show readers […]

December 16th, 2016

How to Use Symbolism To Elevate Your Storytelling

Angela Ackerman

Stories should be a true experience for readers. Like a gourmet meal, we want there to be more to them than just what is seen on the surface. This depth can be added a number of ways—through subplots, character arc, subtext, theme, and symbolism. Of them all, symbolism is one of the simplest […]

September 19th, 2016

Conference Subtext: Watching the Pros and Learning From Them

Angela Ackerman

Conferences are full of opportunities to learn, network, and grow. This summer I attended a local 3-day event called When Words Collide, which is a conference for writers and readers. Over 700 people attended, and every hour there were many different craft, marketing, industry, and genre-specific presentations to choose from. A fantastic event!

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March 18th, 2016

Deepen a Reader’s Emotional Connection to Your Story

Angela Ackerman

 

We all know people read fiction for entertainment. There’s nothing like getting lost in a new world and living vicariously through characters: slaying monsters, solving murders, saving the family farm…even falling in (or out of) love. But while this is going on, whether we consciously realize it or not, we also […]

December 18th, 2015

Power Your Fiction: Using Weather To Create Mood, Not Clichés

Angela Ackerman

Are you afraid of using the weather in your writing? If so, you’re not alone. After all, if not careful, weather description can be a minefield of clichés. The sunny, cloudless afternoon at the beach. The gloomy rainstorm at a funeral. Overdone setting and weather pairings can lie flat on the page.

Then […]