If your fiction seems to lack punch, perhaps the problem is not with your plot, but rather with your descriptions. Here are three tips taken from Monica Wood''s book Description to help you inject more life into your stories.
Here is tip #3 of 4 in Raymond Obstfeld's "4 Tips to Find Out if You're a Good Writer" in the latest issue of Start Writing Now.
What is your story really about?
Writing in a specific point of view enables you to convey all the impressions and information you desire. Here are two exerices excerpted from Mastering Point of View.
Keep your audience reading by closing paragraphs and chapters with dramatic crescendos.
Fiction and nonfiction writers have a lot to teach each other about the craft. Here's how writing in both genres will make you that much better.
David Fryxell discusses the difficult task of trying to find your own natural writing style, one that will help subtly distinguish your work from that of your peers. Style, according to Fryxell, is the product of a writer's tone and voice and cannot be successfully forced or plagiarized from another. Here are a few...
A writer's ability to describe his or her story's surroundings, to make their settings and characters spring alive in the mind of the reader, is critical to the success of any piece of fiction. Here are four tips from Monica Wood, author of Description to help you squeeze the right amount of flavor...
Is writing something you can't NOT do? If so, you're on the right track, as the case of writer Christine Byl