Tag: writing

Acrobatic Chicken ends up in Miller “Chicken Infirmary”

Anthropomorphism is a literary technique in which  human characteristics (or characteristics assumed to belong only to humans) are assigned to other animals, non-living things, phenomena, material states, objects or abstract concepts, such as organizations, governments, spirits or deities. (I’m quoting… Read More

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Wit and Wisdom from Writers to Jump Start your week

This month’s guest speaker at my local RWA chapter was Adrienne deWolfe. Being in on vacation, I wasn’t able to hear her program, but I did check out her website and found a wealth of helpful resources. You… Read More

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BS aka Backstory – Part 2

Last week I blogged about scattering smidgens of backstory throughout a story. I received an email from a reader who wanted further explanation about what backstory is. Not being a writer, she’d never heard the term.  I love… Read More

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Adding DRAMA to your novel

As writers we need to have emotion and drama to our pages to engage our readers. Or as Donald Maass stresses in his Writing the Breakout Novel and BONI Intensive Seminars… Tension on every page. Check out this… Read More

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COLLOQUIALISMS and WEASEL WORDS

 When I shared a recent chapter with my critique partners, one of them called me for this sentence, “He found himself in deep water.”  She didn’t understand that my POV character’s internal thought meant he found himself in… Read More

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