Insomniacs Anonymous 7-31-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

When dealing in foreign language, accents, or dialect, how far should you go to translate the linguistic color into the text?  How far is too far?

Practical Prompt 7-29-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start

We all have strengths and weaknesses in our writing. So, when we’re working on a new scene, it’s easy to default to what we’re good at. The problem comes when we fail to push ourselves and let our weaknesses stay weak. In your next scene, go ahead and write it the easy way first, but before you move on to the next scene, take some time to work on your writing weaknesses. Fill out those descriptions, layer in subtext, tweak the dialogue, do all the parts that don’t come easily. It probably won’t be perfect this time around, but you are strengthening your skills through practice, so the next draft will be that much better.

The Power of Being Present

Laura Ayo

Laura Ayo

Two weeks ago, I had the unexpected opportunity to travel to a small city in South Louisiana that I haven’t visited in nearly 16 years. The town – in the heart of sugarcane country – serves as the inspiration for the setting of the novel I’m writing. And while my main purpose for going there had nothing to do with research for my novel, I found myself noticing details about the place that will only enrich my writing. Continue reading

Insomniacs Anonymous 7-24-15

WriteOwls

WriteOwls

You’re awake. Instead of writing the Great American Novel—or even a mediocre one—you’re reading our blog. Okay, then. We offer a topic; you respond. Let your fellow writers inspire you, and return to that manuscript refreshed.

Have you ever written your own version of an ancient myth? If so, which one did you pick, and how did you make it your own?

How to ambush the Ghost of Christmas Past…

Alicia Finney

Alicia Finney

So, as I mentioned in a previous post, I’m going to try my hand at flashbacks. These are perilous waters as there are a thousand and one ways to do it wrong. By wrong, I simply mean ineffective, trite, or clichéd. There are ways to get the point across, but they lack artistry or smooth transition. They pull me out of the story. My goal here is to look at places where I thought it was done well and lay down a few beginning groundrules for myself in the hopes that my use of sequences from the past will draw readers in deeper rather than bringing them to a grinding halt. For myself, I’ve found an excellent case study in Brandon Sanderson’s, The Way of Kings. Continue reading