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 »

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. His more recent writing  has been done in third person, all knowing. We have found many advantages to 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 »

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 »

How to Grow Your Creativity

How to Grow your Creativity

Carry a notebook or iPad with you Here is an idea that will help you increase your ability to imagine or write especially visual scenes. When you see something special, write down what you saw. Be descriptive. Use your creativity. Capture your feelings so later, a day, a week a year, you can re-create the Read More »