13 Ways and 3 Books to Build Blockbuster Plots
book reviews / plot / writers tips / writing

13 Ways and 3 Books to Build Blockbuster Plots

Martha Alderson’s Blockbuster Plots: Pure and Simple (Illusion Press 2004) presents step-by-step strategies to build your story, maximize the impact of scenes and provide depth to the plot. She focuses not on the ordinary plot, but the one that will push you to the top of the pile, make your book a must-read among all … Continue reading


descriptors / plot / Setting / writers resources

How to Describe Vehicles–Cars, Boats, Planes, More

This is updated from the last posting on this topic on 7/15/11. If you’re character is crossing a street, driving to work, waiting for a visitor, you’ll devote a few words to the vehicle that’s making this activity happen. It might be a car, a train, plane–whatever. My collection is brief, but rich. As usual, … Continue reading

characters / plot / writers tips

Writers Tip #62: It’s Not What Happens to Your Character Readers Care About. It’s Their Reaction That Matters

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make … Continue reading

characters / plot / Setting / writers tips / writing

5 Simple Ways to Bring Your Story to Life

I’m talking about five little details you take for granted, but account for half of your connection to the world: Sensory detail– taste touch visual smell audio As a writer, it puts the snap in your story, realism in a cardboard setting, the visceral vehemence in a thriller. Sensual feedback is to readers what WD40 … Continue reading