An Inspirational Note from the National Anthem

By now, many of you have heard of G. Star Swain.  In case you are the few who haven’t, take a look at this video shot from the Lincoln Memorial when she took a trip there with friends and family from her church as a tourist. G. Star Swain is a vice principal at aContinue reading “An Inspirational Note from the National Anthem”

5 Tips To Becoming A More Conversational Writer

In my profession I read a host of work by writers who have a difficult time with voice.  I’ve never really had any problem with expressing voice in fiction, but non-fiction writers could benefit from being more conversational unless they are writing formal essays. Nobody likes to read someone drone on and on without theContinue reading “5 Tips To Becoming A More Conversational Writer”

5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Style

Why is it that two different writers could write in the same genre, write about the same ideas, plot devices and themes yet one writer creates beautiful prose while the other makes the reader never want to read again? Every time I write a chunk of prose that really sings through the initial first draft,Continue reading “5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Style”

How To Find a Unique Narrative Style

One of the most difficult tasks of writing a long novel is the ability to create a narrative style that is unique, flows well, and remains consistent throughout the 50,000 words or so required for a novel. It also must be a style that catches a reader’s eye from the first few pages.  I haveContinue reading “How To Find a Unique Narrative Style”

To Be Verb or Not To Be Verb

In the fall of 1990 (gosh that dates me) I attended one of my first college creative writing courses.  I had graduated from high school in ’89, and was known as a writer of horror fiction in my small rural school.  Suddenly I found myself in a bigger pond with bigger fish and felt completelyContinue reading “To Be Verb or Not To Be Verb”