A typewriter is more than a machine that prints one character at a time to paper fed on a roller. photo: Dariusz Sas Imagine it lit from within.
“The verb is the heartthrob of the sentence” Karen Elizabeth Gordon And that is reason enough to avoid passive voice.
Opening with a suggestive setting description can be useful for setting the mood of a story. It can foreshadow what is to come, and the words that you choose will shape your reader’s perceptions of the characters and their relationships. Here is a story opening: By mid afternoon the sun will cook the air into … Continue reading a suggestive opening
Creative Editing Forget for the moment about rules governing spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure, that’s editing too, but that kind of editing can interfere with the creative process, and as I’ve said before, some of our most admired authors have written brilliantly by breaking those rules. So, to oversimplify, creative editing is a way … Continue reading Stage 2: creative editing