Category Archives: sense of place


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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Not to insult anyone, but I’ll bet I’m going to. Over the many years I’ve written and helped oversee a writer’s critique group, I’ve notice something very odd. English majors, teachers, etc.,  have a hard time writing fiction. Now, before … Continue reading

Posted in creative writing, critiquing fiction, English teachers and fiction, genre writing, rules of grammar in fiction, sense of place, using the five senses in fiction, Velda Brotherton | 5 Comments

Captivating Characters

One of the best ways I can think of to create a character who captivates the reader is to become that character. But it’s not that simple, because suppose you become a dull, boring person? Yes, it could happen. So … Continue reading

Posted in characterization, emerging hero, five senses, flaws, goal, internalization, sense of place, Velda Brotherton | 3 Comments