Some people are stingy with money; others are stingy with time. Generally speaking, writers should be stingy with words, because one characteristic of good writing is conciseness.
I frequently get questions from readers on the blog here and on our Facebook page. Some raise questions that I believe others might be wondering, so I plan to make it a habit to address some of them here on the blog.
In an earlier post, we examined the process of writing. Keep in mind that even though the five steps I …
The most important aspect of a great fictional character is how much the reader cares about him. Some characters are lovable (Wilbur the pig, Bilbo Baggins, Anne Shirley), some are heroic (Odysseus, Paul Bunyan, Superman), some are tragic (Hamlet, Willy Loman, John Henry), and some are just plain evil (Iago, Saruman, The Wicked Witch of the West). The point is, we feel strongly about them one way or another.