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 to make sense. The noun completes the phrase.   Example:  Up Read More »

Writing Magic with Words

writers make magic with words

         Every Writer Can Make Magic With Words Like a magician we must learn our craft. Creative writing is like dealing in magic. We create something from nothing with the flick of our wrist and nimble fingers. Our greatest achievement is to create moments that take our audience’s breath away. Just like Read More »

ASK 78 Words to Replace Ask

ask

Use Alternate Words For Ask to Help Develop your Characters Ask is a common word used when writing dialog.  Any word used too often can become monotonous. Using alternative words gives you the opportunity to add emotion to your dialog. Like Said, Ask is an invisible word. There is nothing wrong with using ask. Using 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 Spellcheckonline.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 Better Words to Use Instead of Said for your Dialog Tags

words to use instead of said

        Improve your Dialog by Using Other Words for Said. Some writers feel you should only use the word said in your dialog. I don’t agree. I believe using more expressive words improves your readers understanding of your dialog and your characters. One purpose of dialog is to reveal your characters. By 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, we did what most writers do; we wrote in first-person. It was John’s story and he wanted to tell it in his own voice. Our more recent writing  has been done in third person. We have found several advantages to  writing Read More »

Villains, How to Create Sensational Villains

create a villain

  Every great story requires conflict. Villains are a fantastic source of conflict. A villain is 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. The more we despise Read More »

How to Keep a Creative Writing Journal

Keep a Creative Writing Journal

If you have always wanted to be a writer, this tip can get you started. Creative writing can be difficult and challenging at times. It should also be fun and immensely satisfying. If you see creative writing as a job, it will be exhausting. Creative writing allows you to express your own unique thoughts, feelings, Read More »