Prepositions Can be Confusing

prepositions are confusing

  Are you confused by Prepositions? Prepositions can be mystifying. We hope this article will clear up some of the mystery. A preposition shows the relationship between its object and another word in the sentence. We say prepositional phrase because a preposition needs a noun make sense. The noun completes the phrase.   Example:  Up Read More »

How Writers Make Magic with Words

writers make magic with words

  Creative writing is like dealing in magic. We create something from nothing with the flick of our wrist and nimble fingers. As writers, our greatest achievement is to create moments that take our audience’s breath away. Just like in magic, there are tricks to learn. Techniques to be practiced and mastered. Like a magician, Read More »

36 Free Tools for Writers

Free tools for writers

  Writers can find many FREE tools on the internet. These are only a few. Free  Reference Tools for Writers    Free online dictionary from Dictionary.com Free online thesaurus from http://www.thesaurus.com Free online spellcheck from Orangoo.com Free online word processing at openoffice.org also available for MAC users Free check out world facts for your international thriller at Read More »

104 Replacement Words for Said

 You can improve your dialog by using alternate words for said.                                Replacement words can tell your readers how the dialog was expressed, the tone of voice, or the emotion behind the words. There is nothing wrong in using said. Some writers call it an invisible word. You can always use small actions to express the Read More »

How to Engage your Readers with a Theme

writing with a theme

A Compelling Theme Produces an Inner Richness to Your Story. I know, you say, I am writing a murder mystery, I don’t need a theme. Guess What? Every story needs a theme, a moral premise, if it is to be memorable. From ancient times stories have been told and retold about virtuous heroes and heroines. Audiences Read More »

How to Choose a Point of View for your Story

choose a point of view for your story

Choosing a point of view can be tricky. When John first started writing, he did what most writers do; he wrote in first-person. It was his story and he wanted to tell it in his own voice. His more recent writing  has been done in third person, all knowing. We have found many advantages to third person Read More »

How to Tease Your Readers With Hints

hints keep your readers wondering

Category: tension/conflict I love hints. They are one device to keep the reader engaged in your story. A hint can point your readers in the direction you plan to take your character or it can be a diversion to keep the reader guessing about what will happen. I like to keep the readers wondering, so they Read More »

How to Create Sensational Villains

Create Sensationaal Villians

Category: Character Development. Technique: Creating a villain. Every story needs some kind of villain. Something or someone who complicates life for the main character. In order for the hero/heroine to be strong, honorable and passionate, the writer must create a villain who is just as strong, evil and passionate. Even the most diabolical villain can Read More »