Show, Don’t Tell Writing Tips
Showing versus telling. It’s a phrase used countless times in the writing world, yet we all fall victim to it. In simplest terms, the goal is to allow the reader to step inside the character’s life. You know the cliche, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? I don’t want to walk in their shoes. I want to be inside the character’s mind. I want to be living their life. Feeling the emotions they have, understanding the relationships they do or don’t have, knowing the environment they wake up in every day. Allow the reader to feel their surroundings as they would. What do they see, smell, taste, hear, and…
Software Programs for Writers
There’s a lot of software programs out there for writers. Some authors like a simple design with no distractions, other like a lot of features to organize their thoughts, keep track of word count, edit, and more. We’ve rounded up some of the top prospects to help you decide which ones will best suit your needs. Grammarly – Free for basic, $139.95/yr for premium Pros: This is a spelling and grammar program that can be used not only for book writing but for emails, social media, and more. You can edit for specific genres. It has browser extensions and mobile apps. Premium features include customized checks for different document types, a…
Finding a story idea
Where do you find story ideas? Often, I’m not sure where my writing ideas come from, and other times, I can pinpoint bits and pieces of my life that have come alive through my writing. For my debut novel, Underneath the Whiskey, I was inspired by an ex’s father and couldn’t fathom how my ex grew up. While we were together, I asked questions that never got answered. Therefore, my curious mind went to work with the how’s and why’s and possible solutions. After a year of brainstorming, my fingers hit the keys, and my novel came to life. For my second novel, Simply an Enigma, my friend, Brittany Evans,…
Where, When, How?
We all write differently! Depending on time, whereabouts, what we drink while doing so. It's fascinating to know everyone's quirks. What are yours?