Monthly Archives: April 2013

Show, Don’t Tell

Dear Maggie,  After writing my first novel, “Tell Me,” I sent it to a beta reader. Well to make a short story long, she sent it back telling me that there was too much telling and not enough showing. I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

When to Break the Rules

Dear Miggie, Heard from someone that writing sentences in fragments is aokay. Supposed to be skinny sentences. Thought it would add more emphasis. Did, I think. Anyway, feels good. Feels right even. You think?  Truly, Mr. Skinny   Dear Mr. … Continue reading

Posted in the creative writer | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Setting Meaurable and Realistic Goals

Dear Maggie, I read somewheres where it’s important for writers to set goals especially goals that can be measured. So, being a writer myself, I sat myself down and thought and thought and thought. And then it come to me, … Continue reading

Posted in the creative writer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding Your Voice Is Like Finding Your Identity

Dear Maggie, I’ve written two novels now but still am rather mystified about what “voice” is to an author. My first novel entitled, “Listen to your pet,” was a somewhat humorous story about “pet-parents” and how they interact with their … Continue reading

Posted in the creative writer | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Us Writers Don’t Need No Rules

Dear Maggie,  I ain’t got time to read no rules about writing this here novel I been working on, and I certainly don’t have no time to take no english classes even if I could understand them teachers and all … Continue reading

Posted in the creative writer | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sentences to Avoid

Dear Maggie, I wrote a fiction novel. I sent it to some agents. Most of them never responded. Others said my sentences were boring. But my story is really good. I know it is. I don’t understand the agents. I … Continue reading

Posted in the creative writer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your Antagonist Can Be Too Antagonistic

Dear Maggie, You recently wrote about how to create a strong hero in fiction writing, but I was wondering about the villain. Now I been writing a book about Goldilocks and the three bears, but these are were-bears, you know … Continue reading

Posted in the creative writer | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment