Tech Tip for Writers #65: How to use Google Street View
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Tech Tip for Writers #65: How to use Google Street View

Tech Tips for Writers is an (almost) weekly post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future Tip. Q: I can’t find enough detail about a particular area of the world … Continue reading

How to Tell if Someone is Lying: Body Language
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How to Tell if Someone is Lying: Body Language

Over half of our communication is done with body language, not words. I study it so I can characterize the people in my books–their actions, hand gestures, facial expressions–and it has taught me a lot about reading people’s interior monologue–those ideas they don’t want to share, but inadvertently do. Even the best speakers have a … Continue reading

How To Write Descriptions People Want to Read–Dogs
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How To Write Descriptions People Want to Read–Dogs

This is the next in the occasional “How to Write Descriptions” series. If you’re a writer, you know what I mean. You can’t just say, The dog laid down at my feet and fell asleep. That’s boring. It tells the reader nothing about how cute the dog is, how innocent his sleep was, how you … Continue reading

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How To Describe Your Character’s Appearance in a Phrase

This is the ninth in the “How to Write Descriptions” series. When you’re writing about your protagonist, you want the reader to see them–their clothes, shoes, the scarf they wear, that old-fashioned belt buckle that shines in the sunlight. These images will engage readers in the plot as they watch a movie inside their brain, … Continue reading

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How To Write Descriptions People Want to Read: Wild Animals

This is the third in a series “How to Write Descriptions”. As writers, we have only words to communicate some of the most complicated images in life. The trick for writers is, how to pick just the right words. That’s what I share here: inspiration for succeeding in your quest. Most of the following descriptions … Continue reading

Characteristics That Make Your Character Memorable
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Characteristics That Make Your Character Memorable

When you’re building a character, you need to know the characteristics that make him the person your reader will get to know. It’s a lot more than physical–it’s what motivates his/her actions. What inspires him/her? What causes this character to be a good Samaritan or look the other way? That essence is what makes him/her … Continue reading