Monthly Archives: June 2012

Transform Information Dumps into Dialogue

by Tim Kane The dreaded information dump. You know it. The chapter’s staring off and there’s all this information you simply must give to your reader. Like back story or technical details. Yet a dense paragraph packed with explanations is … Continue reading

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He Thought, She Thought: Tricks to Interior Monologue

by Tim Kane The debate between a first-person and third-person narrator can get heated. The key advantage to first-person is the total and complete access to the protagonist’s thoughts. But say you opt for third person, that doesn’t mean you … Continue reading

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See the World Through Your Character’s Eyes

Tim Kane Ever have your manuscript critiqued and readers respond with: “It was good”? Not “great” or “I couldn’t stop reading.” I’d rather have a reader hate my work. Then I could figure out what I was doing wrong and … Continue reading

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Change Tense to Highlight Weak Verbs

by Tim Kane I recently decided to switched the tense (and the point of view) on a finished manuscript. (Crazy, I know.) However, it did reveal something interesting about my writing. I’ve been through this manuscript dozens of times. Yet … Continue reading

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Sprinkle Description Like Breadcrumbs

by Tim Kane Each time you introduce a new locale, you’re obliged to describe the scene. What things look like, the sounds, the smells, etc. Writers usually dump this information in one gigantic paragraph that reads like an encyclopedia entry. … Continue reading

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Revision Pass: Concentrate on Beefing Up Those Verbs

by Tim Kane Revision never happens in one pass. Often, authors need to make several passes through their manuscript or scene with a lens. Today, let’s focus on verbs. So often we (and I’m a culprit too) fancy up our … Continue reading

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Are You a Marathon Writer or a Sprinter?

by Tim Kane When I started writing I was a sprinter. I wanted to publish right now. Immediately. No waiting. Thank God ebooks and self publishing didn’t exist in the late 80s and early 90s, or I personally would have … Continue reading

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