When you add detail to your writing, you are painting with words, and you can use all the colors! Sensory language is the key.
When you are able to control the pace of your story, you’ve mastered one of the more important skills in writing.
You can be the sweetest person possible in real life, but if you want to write great fiction, you need to be the opposite. You must be the cruel overlord of your story.
One way to make an impact on your readers is to invite them right into the room with you – bring them in close by crafting scenes that rely on sensory language.
Give your readers the equation, but let them do the math. It's more fulfilling, and keeps your reader engaged, when you let your story's subtext reveal itself.
In almost every story, there is a pill that makes something exciting happen. Whether it brings love, stardom, happiness, or calamity in your book is up to you.
Sometimes what your book needs is an elephant or two in the room. That's what a mokita is, and while we don’t want these elephants in our real lives, they can be powerful agents in your storytelling.