Non-Fiction: Novel Ways to Spice It Up

Non-Fiction: Novel Ways to Spice It Up

I’m working on a non-fiction book based on my blog’s writing posts and more. The book’s purpose is to help writers transform their manuscripts into editor-friendly books in 32 steps. Here’s what I learned about introducing novel ideas into non-fiction books from...
Melodrama: Story Drama That’s Gone Too Far

Melodrama: Story Drama That’s Gone Too Far

We want our scenes to be dramatic. We want our readers to live through events with our characters and experience our characters’ emotions. However, if we slide into melodrama, we rob our readers of emotional involvement. Definition: Melodrama is: “a dramatic form that...
Your Story’s Opening Line: Look for the Mystery

Your Story’s Opening Line: Look for the Mystery

I stopped reading “The Chain of Awesomeness” by Jeff Somers (Writer’s Digest July/August 2016). I brought up my first chapter to see if my opening line held the mystery Somers said was more important than shock or coolness (even though they’re good too).My opening...