Saving the Cat

There’s this trope suggested by Blake Snyder in his book called (not surprisingly) “Save the Cat” that suggests a scene early in your story (screenplay, novel, whatever) that puts your hero in a situation that makes him look good. And not just makes him look good, but actually demonstrates the hero’s “goodness”. It’s a shortcut. In…

Allow Yourself to #Pants

Yeah, I harp about structure, and how you need to know it, and then forget it, to write a compellingly structured story, but that doesn’t take away the thrill of discovering your story. If you write, you’re probably like most writers: Finding the story is most of the fun. Putting it on paper while you find…

Self-Editing: Scenes that Matter

I’m going to start every post with the same statement: A professional editor will do a better job than you. If you can afford one, please have a professional editor look at your work. Always ask for references and examples of their work before parting with your hard-earned cash. That said, if you can’t afford a…

Editing – Dialogue Tags

Not going to talk about authentic dialogue much, with one exception. That’s enough for a whole other post. But there a couple of things you can do with your dialogue that will either make it look as amateur as something from a bad online fan-fiction site, or as slick as something you’d pick off the…

Editing – Passive Voice Annihilation

I’m going to start every post with the same statement: A professional editor will do a better job than you. If you can afford one, please have a professional editor look at your work. Always ask for references and examples of their work before parting with your hard-earned cash. That said, if you can’t afford a…

Editing – Head Hopping

Head-hopping There is only one place where you can head-hop without driving every editor (and most readers) nuts — if your POV is third-person omniscient. We’ll talk more about omniscience at the bottom of this post. Head-hopping is when you, as a writer, jump from one character’s thoughts or feelings to another’s in the same scene. Jane…

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