Manuscript Analysis Point(s) of View (POV) Point of view in a novel involves whose eyes your story is seen through. In your novel's case, you try seeing events through many different characters' eyes, and your instincts about which character's eyes you want us to see...
Manuscript Analysis Characters You are able in some instances to give characters, major and minor, grit, distinct personality traits, voices and thought patterns. But sometimes you over-describe your characters physically, yet, as I wrote above, have them (Mr. X, for...
The [Working Title] by [Author] Introduction/Overall Assessment [Author], I'm going to handle this evaluation in a way that's kind of "bass-ackward" from my usual approach. I think it'll be best to hit you straight off with what it'd probably take to turn what you've...
When it comes to figuring out the overall shape of my story, I find it quite helpful to ask the following two questions: 1. What is the worst possible thing that could happen to my protagonist? 2. How does it turn into the best possible thing? I like the first question, because it helps me […]
Are You a Writer or a Preacher?
My biggest pet peeve when it comes to Christian fiction is that too many Christian writers see storytelling as a means to an end–preaching a message-rather than an end in itself.
Writing Crime Scenes I used to wonder what makes talented writers lose their grip the moment they try to portray physical aggression. They’ve been moving the story along beautifully, with convincing characters in gripping, realistic situations. Then suddenly, at the first hint of violence, something comes over them, and reality goes right out the window. […]
The three most common narrative mistakes I see in children’s books.
“My dear Noel, I don’t know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter.” So begins the letter from Beatrix Potter to the convalescing son of her former governess – and the start of a franchise. The exhibit at […]