There’s a powerful engine in your book, it’s just a bit hard to find. It’s in every word, it drives plot and characters and everything else.
In dramatic writing, internal conflict is basically the darkest aspects of a character married to that individual’s greatest fears.
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.