How to Critique Creative Writing
How to use dialogue tags
If you’re a writer, you’ll likely critique someone else’s writing eventually. I do critiques for my writing partner, for my friends, and for my critique tier patrons on Patreon. I broke my general process into 6 steps. I ask the author if there’s any specific feedback they’re looking for. Sometimes writers are unsure about certain […]
How to Write Realistic Characters
A dialogue tag is a small phrase before, during, or after dialogue that indicates the speaker. he said she said they said One mistake a lot of new writers make is to express their creativity through dialogue tags. An amateur dialogue tag might look like this: “No, don’t!” Cassie exclaimed passionately. James Scott Bell said: […]
6 Tips for Writer’s Block
7 tips for writing genuine characters Characters are the most important part of a story. If you have weak characters, your story will be weak. Here are seven steps to build good characters. 1. Build a character profile. Teach yourself about your characters! This makes them much easier to write and adds layers of realism. […]
5 Writing Tools
Writer’s block ain’t real. Sometimes writing is hard, sometimes it’s easy. Sometimes you’re unmotivated, distracted, or scared–these are things we can fix. Here are six tips for overcoming writer’s block.
How to Use Tropes & Cliches
Sometimes writing is…the worst? Some days it be flowin’ like a gentle jungle river, some days it’s like pulling nails out of a board with your teeth after you drank orange juice. Here are five tools I like to use to make writing easier.
Showing vs Telling
Tropes and clichés used incorrectly are a fabulous way to prove you’re an amateur writer, if that’s what you’re into. Let’s talk about when and when not to use them.
Basic Story Elements
Showing instead of telling is some basic advice you’ve likely heard many times. Let’s talk about exactly what it means.
At the very root of a story, you have your three fundamental elements: character, plot, and setting.