Turning Ideas Into Words

Gateway Deaths

Let’s talk about death for a moment. Or more specifically fictional character deaths. I do not consider myself to be a blood thirsty writer. I do not decide the fate of my characters by the roll of dice, or the toss of a coin (very few writer’s do, despite what you may think of us).… Continue reading Gateway Deaths

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Narrative Voices – Part 2

Last week, I started looking at the different kinds of Narrative Voices you can choose from as a writer. As the choices and combinations are quite varied, I decided it would be best to split the discussion into two parts. If you would like to catch up on what was said about Person and Tense,… Continue reading Narrative Voices – Part 2

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Narrative Voices – Part 1

Choosing a Narrative Voice for your story can be harder than you might think. Sure, you may naturally gravitate towards writing in the third person, but if a story sounds better coming directly from the mouth of its main character, then that’s how it needs to be written. Sometimes, the choice is obvious, but there… Continue reading Narrative Voices – Part 1

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Great Opening Lines

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a strong story, must be in want of an enticing opening line. This is so universally acknowledged, in fact, that it barely needs repeating anymore. But I’m going to anyway. The first line of your novel/short story/novella/whatever you are working on is what… Continue reading Great Opening Lines

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Overwriters -v- Underwriters

First of all, let’s just be clear: there should be no negative connotations for being either an Overwriter or an Underwriter. These are not criticisms of style, but rather indications of the starting point of your writing process. By the end of your process, a reader should not be able to tell if you are… Continue reading Overwriters -v- Underwriters


My Blind Date with a Book

We have been told for years: Never judge a book by its cover. Well, now there is a website that ensures you never will. Blinddatewithabook.com is a fairly new service that shows you a library of books available for purchase, but it doesn’t show you the book’s cover, the author’s name, or even the title… Continue reading My Blind Date with a Book

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Creative Discipline

Creative Discipline: “If I waited till I felt like writing, I’d never write at all.” – Anne Tyler. I am constantly confronted with this dilemma...

Books -v- Film

Book -v- Film: The Hunger Games

Book -v-v Film: The Hunger Games - The first film in The Hunger Games franchise is one that I saw before reading the books it was base on.

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Guest Post – Banning Books

Guest Post by Sarah Jayne Tanner. Banning Books: Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight. – Stephen Chlosky

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Book -v- Film: The Chronicles of Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

So. You’ve got the rights to a series of beloved children’s classics. You’ve already adapted two of the books into box-office smash-hit films. You have the beginnings of a rather successful and lucrative franchise. What do you do next?