Tagged with Writing Techniques

3 Writing Tips Gleaned from Ambrose Bierce

3 Writing Tips Gleaned from Ambrose Bierce

Right now my students are reading Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge“.  The short story always brings forth different reactions from my students, mostly that some of them see the ending before it hits them, but this is because Bierce is dropping hints throughout the text that illustrate the fact of the surprise … Continue reading

Writing Progress: The Conundrum

Word Count of Novel: 9399 I wrote some good dialogue today.  The female lead is really annoyed at the main character right now…and will be for some time.  It’s fun making their relationship complicated.  She’s pretty mysterious, but doesn’t really need him around after all.  The scary monsters I introduced in yesterday’s session have been … Continue reading

Giving a Protagonist a Hidden Motivation

Giving a Protagonist a Hidden Motivation

Recently I have been in the middle of writing the first installment of a new series entitled The Five Rims.  The first book is titled The Last Terran, and my protagonist is definitely out of the ordinary. Guillermo March is a former security officer with the C’Tuulian Planetary Police Force, the only Terran to work for them, … Continue reading

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue

It seems that the more current fiction I read these days the more dialogue I am seeing in the text.  As a matter of fact, most novels written today are heavy on the dialogue and lighter on the long paragraphs of detailed description. Dialogue is a tool used to further the action, to give us … Continue reading

3 Kick In the Pants Tips for Tired Workaday Writers

This has been a rough week. Of course, as a high school English teacher who teaches two Advanced Placement courses and also manages the after school alternative education program…and also the supplemental online schooling program…most weeks are tough. They are ten times that when I want to write something and get home and there are … Continue reading

Character Death Should Be Premeditated

I’m a big fan of fiction and screenplays that kill off major characters mid-stream.  It happened in Breaking Bad.  It happens all the time in The Walking Dead.  The problem is that an amateur writer will kill off characters for the sake of killing them off or for shock value without thinking through the character death and … Continue reading