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…

Story Deconstruction – Time After Time

Time After Time (1979) 1h 52min (112 minutes) Log Line: H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer’s time machine to escape his time period. Director: Nicholas Meyer Writers: Karl Alexander (story), Steve Hayes (story) |1 more credit » Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, David Warner |See full cast…

Forget About Structure

No, there isn’t an interloper posting. Although it’s been long enough that I wouldn’t be surprised if you thought I was an imposter. Especially with that title. I’m me, though. [Monkey nuts, by the way.] And, really, you can’t forget about structure until you’ve well and truly learned it. It needs to be as instinctive…

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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