Sensory details are not just something to be shoehorned into your description to make your writing sound more vivid. Sensory details are something that should be considered when creating your scenes and your story as a whole, because they are things for your reader to experience through your character, and your character doesn’t experience these senses as fleetingly as a line of text would suggest. If you’re not quite sure what this means, consider this:

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

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.

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

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?

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

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