Third Person

How Intimate Is Third Person?

“First person is more intimate than third person.” That’s what we’re often told. First person allows the reader to connect with the point of view character, to really get to know them by reading about their thoughts and feelings firsthand. First person narrators feel more real because they have something that third person narrators apparently … Read more

How to make your writing less wordy

How to Make Your Writing Less Wordy (or, how to write concisely)

Falling short of a required word count? Trying to sound more formal? I’m sure we’ve all committed the crime of wordiness at some stage. But what does it actually do for our writing? Wordy writing uses more words than necessary to make a point and can damage the quality of your text. Using too many … Read more

Plotting vs Pantsing

Plotting vs Pantsing (why it shouldn’t be a debate)

If you’ve spent any amount of time in the writing world, you’re probably aware of the plotting vs pantsing debate. Most writers say they don’t exclusively do one or the other, yet the debate persists. “Plotting inhibits creativity!” say the pantsers; “Pantsing has no direction!” say the plotters. Plotting vs pantsing: what’s the difference? If … Read more

7 Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Being an editor, I read a lot, and most of my clients who are new to the craft of writing tend to make many of the same mistakes. I can’t perform miracles, so it’s better for everyone that a manuscript is the best the writer can make it before it lands on my desk. So … Read more

Every Scene Should Develop the Plot: What Does It Really Mean?

Every scene should develop the plot. It’s Plotting 101. Readers don’t want to be bored, so everything they read has to count toward the bigger picture. There’s a lot of advice out there that will tell you scenes should do “at least one of the following”, the ‘following’ being some variety of: develop or advance … Read more

7 Ways to Use a Single Subplot (How Quidditch helps tell Harry Potter’s Story)

Subplots are handy. They can explore themes. They can develop characters. But subplots that manage to accomplish more than one thing make stories more complex. Harry Potter‘s Quidditch shows us how a single subplot can serve the main plot in many different ways. 1. Slow the Pace and Increase the Tension Quidditch is sometimes used … Read more