Clichés pop in a writer's mind as fast as lightning. They cover the bases.
Clichés roll onto your page like gumballs rolling out of a gumball machine. They require no more thought than swatting a fly. They fit like a pair of old shoes.… Read the post
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 physically.… Read the post
We at WITS are so happy to have Margie back with us, after a too-long hiatus! Wisdom ahead!
Ready for two treats?
First Treat: This blog is loaded with examples of power, power, power. The kind of power that boosts your writing toward contracts and awards and bestseller lists.… Read the post
Writers know the cautions about backstory. I’d bet every basic how-to book for writers warns against overwhelming readers with too much backstory.
Backstory usually kills pacing.
Backstory usually kills momentum.
Backstory usually kills your chances with an agent or editor.… Read the post
When people talk, subtext happens.
You can’t say one word without sharing subtext.
Subtext for dialogue: The psychological message behind the words.
When the words and the subtext are incongruent, the truth is in the subtext.
In the real world, we factor in subtext all the time.… Read the post