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Scene building: beginnings
Listen to this post or others on Spotify or Anchor.fm I’ve talked previously about how to structure a scene. The beginning, or entre, should start as close to the moment the POV character starts pursuing their scene goal. But when exactly is that? And how do you decide whether to start with narrative, like describing…Keep reading
Setting: That can’t happen here
A discussion of why setting matters in fiction Do you have any idea where any of these stories takes place? Asking these questions about a blurb, you can see how important setting is to fiction. With the exception of the last one, retreating to a beach house, there’s very little about setting in any of…Keep reading
Describing character: gain perspective
Listen to this post and more on Spotify or Anchor.fm You, dear writer, have all those wonderful character sheets filled out with demographics: Jamie Dotter is, 29, 5’11”, blonde, Nordic features, muscular build, college degree from Wellsley College, law degree from Harvard, in her fourth year working as a lawyer with Grant, Hardy, and Iglesias,…Keep reading
Scene building using goals
Listen to this blog on Spotify. I previously discussed the structure of a scene is based around conflict and overcoming it. But conflict and obstacles comes in many forms. They can be as simple as encountering a child’s fallen toy on the floor while crossing the room. What really guides the scene and makes it…Keep reading
Twelve months ago I wrote a wish list for 2022 as part of my closure for 2021. Though it took until the very last days of 2022, I managed to accomplish nearly all of the items on the list – none so completely as the goals for truly establishing my business, LZ Edits. Formalized with…Keep reading
Self-Editing Guide is live!
It’s alive! Available now in Paperback or Ebook, Self-Editing Guide: A workbook for the DIY fiction author, is now available. Proof prints have been checked, and the “publish” button has been pushed. Just in time, I hope, for the NaNoWriMo authors all ready to dive into their manuscripts from November and turn them into their…Keep reading
Structuring a Scene
Listen to this blog post on Spotify. The scene is the basic building block of any story. It contains actions and reactions, and dialogue (inner and outer). A scene has ONE point of view, and takes place (with few exceptions) while the POV character moves within a single setting. On TikTok, I posted an overview…Keep reading
I have launched a TikTok for 2023. I plan to share pithy 2-3 minute tips about writing or editing fiction. My first video is a remastered clip from a 2021 workshop, encouraging writers to write first, market later. @lz_editsfl For my first video, a PSA from #editor to #writer: write YOUR story #writeItDown ♬ original…Keep reading
Past vs Present tense
This is a post about tense. There’s a rising prevalence of first person, present tense stories, and I wanted to see if it was just my perception or if more people were writing in present tense. So, on Mastodon, I started a poll – the thread that followed was also very informative. The poll shows…Keep reading
A Workbook for Writers
Spotify audio of this blog post can be heard here. This is my “making of a book” blog post… As the year counts down its last days, I am finalizing the layout for what I hope will be a handy guide to do-it-yourself authors in reviewing and revising the structure of your fiction stories: Self-Editing…Keep reading
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