Farther and Further have similar usages, however, they mean different things. Farther relates to a physical distance (the root word is “far”). Further is a metaphorical construct. “How much farther?” “He intended to further his education.”Read More
Where one starts in the story is just as important as how that story ends. Many writers spend so much effort polishing the beginning scenes, getting the perfect starting sentences. Don’t forget to give some attention to the ending, and the middle. Every word counts.
Don’t assume that if your character is on the run from the bad guy that they can just hop onto a bus or subway car. The public transport system available will be highly dependent on city, not just country.Read More
It is common for writers to use music to help stimulate the creative juices, but the sense of smell can be just as powerful. Use essence. Use scented candles. Use essential oils. And vary the scent. Different smells will have different emotional responses which will be reflected in your writing.
If your character calls someone in a different country, or for that matter is calling someone on the opposite side of a large country, take time zones into account. Also consider differences with Daylight Savings.Read More
If you are stuck on a scene, act it out. This is particularly useful when developing the dialogue. However, you might want to have the Dictaphone app running on your favorite device. It’s almost a given that you will say the perfect line, but when you come to write it, you’ll forget exactly how you phrased it.
How many times have you gotten stuck because you can’t work out exactly what your scene looks like? It may sound like a silly idea, but bring out the Lego and build it. Your Lego settings don’t need to be perfect, however, you never know: while building your scene, you might find that one detail that had been eluding you all this time.
It is a common mantra of writers: show, don’t tell. Understanding exactly what this means is a big step within a writer’s development, however, there will be a time when it is better to tell, not show. The ride through the countryside from Oxford to Cambridge is just one of them. Unless something interesting, and relevant, happens during that journey, just tell us that it happened. You’ll put your reader to sleep, otherwise.Read More
Pets are a part of our lives, giving depth to the interactions that our characters have with the world around them. However, pets are characters too, even if they are minor characters that never speak. They have little quirks that make them unique and often lovable. Give the pets in your stories the same character development that you would any other character.
Authenticity within writing extends to beyond characterizations and setting, but also to accuracy within time. Carrots have been a main stay of our diets since ancient Egypt; however, carrots were purple. The first orange carrots weren’t cultivated until the 17th century by the Dutch.Read More