Tag Archives: Lynnette Labelle
A plot sparks, ignites, and finally explodes in the closing scenes, or it should, if you’re doing your job. The story shouldn’t just spark and ignite only to fizzle out. It needs a constant increase in tension. Options for your [...]
What can cause a reader to expect a certain tone or outcome from YOUR writing and something utterly different from someone else’s? It’s a little thing called branding. But what is branding and how does it work? Here are two [...]
As a writer, hopefully, you realize how important your beginning is to your story. If you don’t invest time and probably tears (yours, not your characters’) into the first few pages, then why should the reader? I’ve talked [...]
Backstory tends to have a bad reputation, but it’s essential to a story’s development. Through backstory, we learn about a character’s motivation and depth, how a fictional world functions, how the stakes are raised, and discover obstacles or fears [...]
Should you join an in-person or online critique groups? Let’s talk about both types.
In-Person Critique Groups:
Where do you find one? This isn’t always easy, but if you know where to look, you’ll have better odds at finding an in-person [...]
Joining a critique group is an important part of a writer’s growth. But it’s not easy. You’ll have to take time away from writing your book to critique someone else’s work. Why should do that? Because [...]
Have you gotten rejection letters saying the writing isn’t tight enough? Have contest judges told you to tighten your writing? Are you scratching your head because nobody’s really explained what that means or how to fix the problem?
Get ready. Here’s [...]
Do you ever experience writer’s block? If you’re a writer, I don’t think you can avoid it, but how do you overcome the brick wall that keeps you from your muse?
One way to over come writer’s block is to start [...]
As a freelance editor, I’m often asked what advice I’d give writers when it comes to writing. I could go on and on about this topic, but I decided to compile ten things all writers should do before publishing their [...]