Category Archive: Tips and Tricks

Sep 15

What is That Story About? Finding Focus on Screen and Page

I get the idea that quite a few writers — and a whole lot of movie producers — don’t know what their story is about.  Or maybe they think they do, but they have it wrong.  They mistake the premise for the story.  I expect this sort of confusion from six-year-olds, but writers and producers …

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Sep 02

Creating Alien and Fantasy Languages

Creating languages has always been a source of joy.  I don’t know when it started, perhaps in 7th grade.  Being forced to endure the infinite ennui of Ohio history class, I resorted to the dictionary insert in my binder that had the Greek, Russian, and Hebrew alphabets on the back page.  That is when I …

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Aug 19

Self-Publishing Skills for the Do-It-Yourself Writer

Let’s assume you can write.  Let’s assume you can revise.  Let’s assume you can edit it into a polished work of art.  It’s a good thing that you can because hiring a good professional editor for your novel can cost you more than a decent used car and your annual property taxes combined.  You look …

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Aug 11

Five Little Things I Love About Scrivener

As some of you might know, I recently abandoned Lotus Word Pro, of which I had been a faithful user for 20 years or so, and switched to Scrivener.  If you are a writer, then certainly you have heard of it, and if you are a writer, you really should have tried it out.  I …

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Jul 31

How Moral Dilemmas Develop Your Character(s)

Yes, your personal character, too, but I’m really referring to the characters you write. Everyone loves a good villain, from Simon Legree to Darth Vader.  But only slightly less appealing is a juicy moral dilemma.  Some of them are easy, like, “Should I go back to my daughter or blow up this damned asteroid and …

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