Is my book ‘too quiet’?

Some of you might be getting feedback that your book is ‘too quiet’. I know I’ve used this term before. So what does it mean and how does it affect you? What ‘too quiet’ means to me: It can be very well written but it might fall into the ‘forgettable’ category It’s a ‘good’ book, butContinue reading “Is my book ‘too quiet’?”

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?”

Write High-Stakes Tension: Are you too close to your characters?

Are you too close to your characters? You’ve engendered, given traits, and brought your characters to life on the page. It’s not surprising that writers find themselves attached to their characters and are afraid of putting them into complicated situations. If you’ve created complex and compelling enough characters they will falter and they will hitContinue reading “Write High-Stakes Tension: Are you too close to your characters?”