Limiting Omniscience

This week we're heading off into the wilds of limited-omniscient narration. We'll be looking at what we mean by limited omniscient narration, writing at varying distances and why it's different from first-person/subjective. Monday - Writing at a Distance, What is limited omniscient narration? Tuesday - First or Third? Considering differences and similarities. Wednesday - Can't or Cannot? To be formal or … Continue reading Limiting Omniscience

Elements of Editing

I'm back and this week I'm answering a question that came via twitter about how I self-edit. Now I think it's important to emphasis that while this week's articles are about editing they are about my personal approach. This doesn't mean you can't pick up some tricks from it, I simply want to be clear … Continue reading Elements of Editing

Summer Fun…

Now that Fiction Frenzy is over I'm taking a break from daily blogging to perform site maintenance, writer more advice articles, edit Victorian Mistress and begin a new serial. New articles will begin appearing daily from the 13th August. A new serial will begin on the 30th September Check back regularly for news of the Edited and … Continue reading Summer Fun…

Those Pesky Side Characters

This week we're looking at ways of revealing or suggesting the motives of characters around a first-person/subjective narrator. Monday - Finding the Evidence, What does the narrator observe about the characters? Tuesday - Gathering the Goods, Picking up hints from other characters. Wednesday - Dropping Hints, Using asides to imply backstory. Thursday - Whoa! Wait a … Continue reading Those Pesky Side Characters

Centre Stage

This week we're beginning a look at first-person/subjective narration starting with a look at different ways of telling the story. Monday - The Sight Unseen, With first-person things can't happen on the page without the narrator to witness them. Tuesday - Narrative Within Narrative, We can also tell a first-person narration within another narration. Wednesday - … Continue reading Centre Stage

Adding Some Sparkle

Now we've looked at the technical side of dialogue lets start considering the how we bring it to life: Monday - Individualising Speech, What do we mean by this? Tuesday -  Trimming the Fat, Keeping things direct. Wednesday - Building Banter, Having back and forth between characters. Thursday - A Phrasing All Their Own, Considering … Continue reading Adding Some Sparkle

Dictating Dialogue

This week were looking at a few of the technical bits of dialogue before we get to making those voices individual. Monday - Grammar in Speech, Does speech need to be grammatical? Tuesday - Elliptical Ellipses, What are ellipses and can we use too many? Wednesday - Dabbling in Dialect, Finding balance in dialect. Thursday - Backing … Continue reading Dictating Dialogue

Chipping at Chapters

This week we're taking our first look at breaking chapters whether by scene, time or not having any at all. Monday - Long Versus Short, Chapters can be a pacing tool, but not always. Tuesday - The Change of Scene, Chapters can be broken by scene. Wednesday - Passing Time, We can use chapters to … Continue reading Chipping at Chapters

Getting Characters Thinking

This week we're returning to internal monologues to consider how we can get our characters thinking whether it's considering the environment, coming up with plots or playing narrative sleight of hand. Monday - Therefore I Think, when they're trying to figure someone or something out. Tuesday - The Grand Scheme, when your character's got a … Continue reading Getting Characters Thinking

Let’s Get Less Busy

This week we’re looking at writing our characters in motion including; the perils of over writing, the use of implication, and when the reader needs to see. Monday – Streamlining Action, the perils of overwriting action. Tuesday – Implying Action, sometimes an action, like crossing a room, is implied. Wednesday – Fixing the Fight, the … Continue reading Let’s Get Less Busy