7/15/2012

The general structure of a story or scene should outline as follows:         A hook; a goal; an obstacle; an action; some response; a cliffhanger or a problem leading to next scene. A good hook should ground a reader and engage him or her emotionally. It should show...

7/1/2012

Not everybody can write like Shakespeare. Everybody has a unique voice. A t this stage of writing a novel, it’s imperative that you immerse yourself into the world of writing. Attend writing classes and workshops, join a critique group or book club, read books about...

6/24/2012

The ‘Save’ button on the computer should be your best friend. You save and save and save. You save after you type a word, a sentence or a paragraph. You save the deleted scenes because trust me, you will one day want to look back or need to use some of your old stuff....

6/17/2012

It’s been a month or two now since you finished your first draft. The honeymoon is over, time to get back to work. Where did you put that stupid draft? Oh, there it is. This is the part of writing called making sense of the madness. What the heck have you been writing...

6/10/2012

We have to recognize that not everybody is a free spirit. Free spirits are the kind of people you meet at the airport and when you ask them where they are going, the answer is usually something like this, “You know what? I haven’t decided yet.” Not everybody can free...