“Filter words” are sneaky words and phrases that drain the energy from your sentences, dull the tension in your scenes, and slow down your pacing by “filtering” the action through the thoughts or senses of your character. See examples of what I mean in my article on the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog here: “Filter […]
As you’re developing characters in your stories, have you considered how those characters feel about expressing gratitude to another being? Do they say “thank you” freely, or do they view saying thanks as an obligation or a debt to be paid? Expressing thanks can take on strong meanings for your characters whether you’re writing a […]
Love ghost stories? Why not try your hand at writing one? On the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog this month, I’ve posted 10 prompts for writing your own ghost story. If you’re brave enough, manifest yourself over there (“10 Prompts for Writing Ghost Stories”) and conjure up a frightfully good story!
Can your fiction benefit from the real-world experience of someone who’s experienced, learned, or is passionate about something in your scenes? If so, interviewing that someone can be the best thing you can do to elevate your story! On the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers blog, I talk about the reasons why interviewing an actual human […]
Talking about the weather is so mundane. Writing weather into your stories shouldn’t be. Make weather work hard for you in your fiction! See my tips this week on the RMFW blog: “Using Weather to Strengthen Scenes in Your Writing and Storytelling“
When you’re creating a character in your story, it’s important to make them as well-rounded and three-dimensional as possible. You must know their history, their desires, their goals, their obstacles, their quirks, and the way they’ll react in any given situation. Have you considered how they define freedom, and what they might do if they […]