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 ofContinue reading “Setting: That can’t happen here”

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,Continue reading “Describing character: gain perspective”

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 itContinue reading “Scene building using goals”

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 theirContinue reading “Self-Editing Guide is live!”

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 overviewContinue reading “Structuring a Scene”

TikTok Tips

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 ♬ originalContinue reading “TikTok Tips”

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 showsContinue reading “Past vs Present tense”

2023 reservations open

As you finish 2022, you may be looking into your 2023 calendar to schedule publication. If you are here, you probably have a feeling you should employ an editor. I’d like to suggest why you should choose me to edit your story or novel. Why have an editor? To captivate a reader and keep themContinue reading “2023 reservations open”

One a day keeps the goal in play

Spotify recording of this post can be listened to here. This is a bonus wrap-up of my NaNoWriMo 2022 posts covering ideas for maintaining a pace to achieve your goal. Listen to this blog on Spotify If you write every day in November, the pace necessary to reach 50k is to write 1,667 words eachContinue reading “One a day keeps the goal in play”

Plan your audience

Listen to this blog in Spotify This is the fourth of four posts (there will be a bonus next Tuesday) that I am sharing in the lead up to National Novel Writing Month (aka “NaNoWriMo”). Each Tuesday, I will have another few thoughts to share on how to get the most useful story out ofContinue reading “Plan your audience”