I love my job! I review craft of fiction books within the writing reference guides feature. I was sent some books for novelists to learn how to write good fiction by Writer's Digest Books and reviewed three essential topics for aspiring novelists:
Find lots of how to advice for when you decide to start Self-Publishing your books.
In Gloria Kempton's writing reference guide on writing Dialogue, she tells us novelists that dialogue is an accelerator. The faster you get your fictional people talking, the faster the scene moves. Cutting out any narrative or action sentences not needed will speed up your story. And she advises that you cut out any speech tags so your dialogue is at bare bones.
Writing is an essential skill that is valued in today’s world. It is an ability that is overlooked and often not cultivated to its full potential. Fortunately, there are many things that an individual can do every day to strengthen their writing skills, eventually becoming the best writer they can be. From reading to discontinuing the use of spellcheckers, simple changes in lifestyle can help build skills anybody can use on how 2 be a better writer.
Here Guest Writer, Jeff Peters shares his insights into how 2 become a better writer with his top four essential tips.
A Writer's Guide to the Zodiac: How the Stars Can Help You Understand Your Characters. This book is a MUST for all authors, novelists, writers, aspiring writers and self published writers!
Astrology offers writers a powerful tool - a means by which to get to know the characters in any story - how they feel, think, and what motivates them.
As the individual energies associated with the star signs are explored, each character comes alive and their destiny is revealed.
Ron Rozelle tells us novelists that foreshadowing gives the reader a clue – a taste of what is to come – like a formation of geese ahead of an approaching cold front. Listen to the first sentence Ron gives us about foreshadowing a novel from Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones:
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie.
Ron says that the word that is packed with foreshadowing is the verb was. Why, most readers will want to know, isn’t her name still Susie Salmon? The very next sentence answers that:
Think of Scarlett O’ Hara from Gone With The Wind or Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. They never ever lived and they’ll never die. Yet Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee made their characters so believable they became immortal.
In our special featured series on building fictional characters we are building a reference so you can create characters who think, love, hope, cry, feel pain and even inflict pain.
In Description and Setting, Ron Rozelle gives us a few nuggets of writing advice. Check the review I did on his book in the Write Great Fiction series with Readers Digest. Personally, I don’t use colons much in my own writing, but Ron suggests that whenever you do use a colon, you’re settting up your read for something: