5 Easy Techniques to Bulk Up a Paper-Thin Character

5 Easy Techniques to Bulk Up a Paper-Thin Character

“[An] error of inexperienced writers—or journalists in a hurry—is to confine characterization to the obvious physical attributes.” —Sol SteinLet’s build a character. I based the 5 easy techniques on Sol Stein’s suggestions in Stein on Writing. Let’s say we want to...
10 Fixes to Edit Unclear and Wordy Sentences

10 Fixes to Edit Unclear and Wordy Sentences

“Telling me to ‘Be clear’ is like telling me to ‘Hit the ball squarely.’ I know that. What I don’t know is how to do it.” —Joseph M. WilliamsFirst, lets look at an unclear, wordy passage.Grayson said he’d made a decision not to return to their relationship due...
What 5 Experts Say About Writing Story Settings

What 5 Experts Say About Writing Story Settings

“Many early-career authors treat setting as merely an element of the background – an incidental necessity, maybe, but a tertiary craft concern when compared to plot or character development or dialogue.”—Jacob M. Appel “Know Your Place” Writer’s Digest...