Point of view is probably one of the trickiest and most vital choices a writer makes for any story. It determines how the reader will view the story. No viewpoint is inherently better than another. There are pros and cons to each of them. Some writers tend to stick with one because that’s what they are comfortable with. Some writers will claim that one viewpoint is superior to another. I would encourage you to try out and read as many viewpoints and narrative distances as pos
Words that every writer hates to hear. Part of our job is to create something fresh and new. Clichés can be an indication of stale writing but are also an invaluable tool in the writer's toolbox. Most writing guru's will tell you to avoid clichés. To cut them out of your writing without a backward glance. But, clichés have their place in a writer's toolbox.
Let's discuss for a second the difference between tropes and clichés. Tropes are not clichés. Tropes are the bones tha
Rules. Writers tend to have a love/hate relationship with these tricksy little buggers. We use them. We break them. We ignore them. We scream vile obscenities at them as we twist them to our purposes. The worst part about the “rules” is that they are often strong suggestions posited as absolutes. Show, don’t tell. Kill all adverbs. Avoid using pronouns. Don’t filter. The list is never ending as is the bad advice that goes along with each one. There are a million writers with