Writing Real Life Authenticity: Where do you draw the line?

When can you write like ‘real life’ and when do you take the ‘real life’ out of books? I preach authenticity in writing fiction, but sometimes things that are too ‘real life’ are not right for books. Here’s what I mean: Teen speak. Teens have a specific way of talking and interacting with each other, howeverContinue reading “Writing Real Life Authenticity: Where do you draw the line?”

“Stories fueled by intentions never reach their boiling point”: Writing advice from Bret Anthony Johnston

Do you write with a strict outline or a loose concept? While there’s no right or wrong answer there are pros and cons to each strategy. A strict outline can keep your thoughts on track and provide you with motivation even when writer’s block may hit. And a general concept might be too broad andContinue reading ““Stories fueled by intentions never reach their boiling point”: Writing advice from Bret Anthony Johnston”

Balance and Backstory

Still confused about backstory, how much to include, and where to add it? Think of the plot like an engine pushing the story along: “Because fiction requires a mighty engine to thrust it ahead—and take the reader along for the ride—backstory if used incorrectly, can stall a story. A novel with too little backstory canContinue reading “Balance and Backstory”

Authentic Writing: ‘write what you know’ or stretch your imagination?

Every writer has gotten the advice to ‘write what you know’. It was my first bit of writing advice too. I believe there are two scenarios to look at when discussing ‘writing what you know’. Firstly, authenticity. Secondly, the limits of your imagination. Authenticity is paramount to my decisions about taking on authors. The authenticContinue reading “Authentic Writing: ‘write what you know’ or stretch your imagination?”