Category: Craft

Down with show don’t tell

Down with show don’t tell

‘Show Don’t Tell’ is one of the most common pieces of writing advice around (followed closely by ‘Kill Your Darlings’ which is daft but that’s another post). The problem with show don’t tell is that it’s unspecific. And also just kind of impossible. Let’s start with the impossible (and I’m going to be very literal […]

The Darling Killings

The Darling Killings

I have always thought, ‘kill your darlings’ was terrible writing advice. I, therefore, mostly just disregarded it. No, let’s be honest. I kind of spitefully worked to prove that they were worth keeping. I wasn’t always correct, which is where a good editor is important. But I still don’t think you should kill your darlings […]

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the 80 percent rule

the 80 percent rule

I have an 80% rule when writing. It is the supporting caveat to all my other writing rules. You could say, though I call them all rules, that it turns them more into guidelines. Because the 80% rule is that I only follow all my other rules 80% of the time. The thing is, writing […]

the key to predictability

the key to predictability

I’m reading this book and it’s predictable. Which isn’t awful. The characters are amusing enough and it’s not great, but it’s not bad. But it got me thinking… I’ve also been reading this book a little bit every night before bed. I think I started, I mean really I started a few weeks ago, put […]

pantser or plotter

pantser or plotter

The most popular question for authors these days seems to be “Are you a pantser or a plotter?” If you know me at all you can probably guess I think these are dumb words and would answer neither out of spite. But the actual truth is I write in layers. There’s an old saying, “Write […]

How Bad Habits Create Boring Stories

This isn’t really a book entry – but it is a story entry. It’s definitely an interesting point of view on the stories we’re living and, therefore, I think worth remembering and/or discussing. How bad Habits Create Boring Stories via Donald Miller’s Blog by Don on 6/8/10 I’ve a friend who helps people plan and […]

Compelling faith based characters and stories

This is from an old interview (like Jan. 2008 or so) with Phil Cooke in infuze magazine that is no longer posted online in it’s entirety. Still, I thought he made an interesting point… Now on another note, it seems like some of the best, most well-developed, faith-based characters we see in the entertainment industry […]