Research: How much is too much?
Writing authentically is a challenge when a setting is unfamiliar to the author. Understanding setting and circumstance is necessary to maintain credibility with readers. The wrong application of science, for instance, can wreak havoc for an author. So, as most authors would agree, research is a task that cannot go by the wayside. Reading, visiting locations, observing people, watching documentaries or other films are all ways that writers can gather valuable knowledge.
Simple Ideas to Remember
The more a writer reads, the greater his or her chances are for improved writing.
That statement seems to be universally accepted. Suppose, for just a moment, that the writer is distracted by the reading material. What if the material is outside the comfort zone and knowledge base of the writer? How, then, does that reading increase the chances of improved writing?
Writing Amidst the Buzz
It’s that beautiful time of year. There is much noise in our lives as we prepare for holidays and celebrations of all kinds.
The buzz in the air can be a distraction to any serious writing that often happens on the fringe of the day. One suggestion for mining inspiration is to allow yourself to feel the buzz and funnel it into creativity.
When you have written your characters into a corner and your mojo is leaving, how do you keep the production rate steady?
Think about a writing ASSIGNMENT that you had to complete at some point in your life. It could have been an essay for a history class, a chemistry lab report, or a literary analysis essay of your favorite classic novel.
Against your own druthers, you completed the work. You had to push forward, muster all of your writing energy, and just compose.
Present, past, future, present perfect, past perfect?
How often have you found yourself changing verb tenses partway through a scene? Do you have any idea why this happens?
When we tell a story, the tenses seem quite natural. When we write a story, it’s very easy to get lost in the timeline.
Writing out of your era…
Descriptive writing brings text alive for readers. It allows the movie to roll in a reader’s’ mind, but only if the language is vivid and the description is real. Fantasy requires the author to create suspension of reality with believable description. Those setting aren’t necessarily real, but they do need to be plausible.