Category Archives: POV


I love to write description. It makes me more comfortable with my story. But, how much is enough? As writers we’re often told to include sense of place in our work. So we promptly get busy and write reams of … Continue reading

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Here are some thoughts for writers that might be helpful. Mistakes most often made by beginning writers: Ineffective rhythm; too little dialog; obscure motivations; changing the mood for no good reason; too many adjectives and adverbs; too little use of … Continue reading

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There are two main characters in any story or book. They are the Protagonist and the Antagonist. The protagonist drives the story. This is the main character, the one who has the most to gain and lose. That’s a simplification, … Continue reading

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Writers use a lot of terms that might need to be explained to those new to the craft. Here’s an explanation of some of them: Author Intrusion: When the author steps into the story to make comments or tell things … Continue reading

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Writing the Bones

Recently I heard comments about how wasteful it is to write a novel in a month. Everyone knows you can’t do that. It will be nothing but trash. Comments like this are usually made by left-brained people. Right-brained people are … Continue reading

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Workshop Reveals Ideas

Twice a year I hold a workshop at Ozark Folkways. Attendance has mushroomed since we first began doing this. Saturday, Sept. 26 we arrived with an enrollment of 25, but two fell out because something came up, so I had … Continue reading

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Tenses make me tense

Often new writers mix up their tenses until the veins in my temple throb. Present tense is one of the most difficult to maintain throughout the entire story. The first time the writer has to return briefly to a past … Continue reading

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Creating Strong Characters

To me the most important thing before you begin a new book is to get to know your characters. I don’t like charts or outlines, but there are other ways to do this. And you can do it as you … Continue reading

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Virtual Book Tour

Thursday, July 31, was the final day of my blog book tour, and I must say it was quite an experience. All the hosts were terrific, some dealing with family crisis, career crisis, and personal dilemmas, but yet still willing … Continue reading

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POV, or point of view continues to present problems for writers. Here’s a description of all the points of view and how they are used. In my next post I’ll go into using deep point of view in your fiction … Continue reading

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