Melodrama [Part 2 of 2]: 5 Tips for Cutting

  Last week I shared 6 ways to spot melodrama in your writing. This week we are going to talk about some tips for cutting melodrama. First, here’s a quick refresher of the definition: Melodrama [noun]: drama in which many exciting events happen and the characters have very strong or exaggerated emotions ________________ The kindest thing you can do […]

Tips for Writing Children’s Books: Animals as Main Characters

I don’t think I’ve written anything about children’s books on this blog yet, and I’d like to. At the publishing company I used to work for, I was actually the leader of a children’s book editing team at one point. This topic will not apply to many of you, but then again who knows? You […]

Basic Tips for Writing Dialogue Tags

Last Friday I talked about the basics of dialogue with basic writing principle #2. Now, I want to follow that up and talk about dialogue tags. What is a Dialogue Tag? A dialogue tag is, simply, a tag attached to dialogue to show who’s speaking and, in some case, how they’re saying it. The most common dialogue […]

3 Steps to Creating Memorable Characters

A common issue affecting writers (of fiction and nonfiction, in case you wrongly believe that nonfiction doesn’t need to read like fiction) is the inability to create strong, memorable characters with distinct character traits. Readers are not going to care about a story if they don’t care about the people in the story. I can’t tell you how many […]