Using All Five Senses in Your Story: Why You Should Do It, and How | Tips for writers about using all five senses when describing events and settings in their stories. A must read for writers who aren’t sure what it means to tap into their characters’ senses.

Using All Five Senses in Your Story: Why You Should Do It, and How

Writing and storytelling are two sides of the same coin, and one usually needs to be skilled in both to create a great story. If your prose is not engaging, your story may not be enough to maintain your reader’s interest; therefore, those of us in the business of helping writers like to suggest that … Read more

How to Write Vivid Scenes: Show, Don’t Tell | Tips for writing vivid scenes by showing, rather than telling. A must watch for writers who haven’t quite grasped the Show, Don’t Tell technique.

How to Write Vivid Scenes: Show Don’t Tell

(Video Transcript) What does “show don’t tell” mean? “Show Don’t Tell”. Classic writing rule. We’ve all heard it. But do we really understand it as well as we think we do? Show Don’t Tell means using evocative language—language that creates strong mental images—rather than matter-of-fact language, which expresses details as cold facts. Imagine for a … Read more

How to Write Vivid Scenes: Avoid Unnecessary Adverbs | Tips for recognising when adverbs are unnecessary, and the damage they do to your writing.

How To Write Vivid Scenes: Avoid Unnecessary Adverbs

(Video transcript) I’m sure most writers have heard the advice that they should cut out adverbs from their writing and there are a few reasons why they should take this advice on board but I’m going to focus on the simple fact that unnecessary words complicate the picture you’re trying to give your reader. If … Read more

How to Write Vivid Scenes: Don’t Stop the Narrative for Description | Tips for writing vivid prose when describing your settings and characters. A must read for writers who struggle with vivid prose.

How to Write Vivid Scenes: Don’t Stop the Narrative for Description

Video transcript If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve probably heard me say you shouldn’t stop the narrative for description. But what does that mean? What does “don’t stop the narrative for description” mean? Stopping the narrative for description means that you put the breaks on the action in the scene to … Read more

How to Write Vivid Scenes: Remove Filter Words | Tips from a freelance editor about removing filter words to make your prose more engaging. A must watch for writers who want to spice up their prose.

How to Write Vivid Scenes: Remove Filter Words

(Video transcript) Filter words are words that put distance between the reader and the story. They’re words that call attention to the fact that the story is filtered through the point-of-view character’s point of view. And they can cause a pretty significant problem. Filter words remind the reader that they’re [reading]. The reader is observing … Read more

3 Characterisation Tips from HARRY POTTER | Tips from HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE for making your characters come alive.

3 Characterisation Tips from Harry Potter

In this video I bring you three characterisation techniques using examples from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Learn how word choice, actions and dialogue can help you develop your characters! Check out: Don’t miss a thing! Join the mailing list for latest posts, offers and resources.

4 Storytelling Lessons from THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER | Analysing other stories can help you develop your own storytelling skills. What storytelling lessons can we learn from THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER?

4 Storytelling Lessons from THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER

After reading the first chapter of the Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury for #FirstChapterFriday, I decided to finish the book. The first chapter started out great, but I noted that the second half of it took a bad turn and hoped that the story would right itself in the following chapters. It didn’t. Here are … Read more