Books are more than words on a page. When we read them their stories seem filled with real people and places in our imaginations. But how, as writers, do we achieve this clarity of picture in the mind of a reader? I took a long hard look at the opening chapter of my novel, Fury, and came up with the following: Continue reading
You may consider it an unwelcome chore, or an exciting opportunity, but every author, at one time or another, finds themselves needing to produce their Author Biography.
Here’s a blog post from One Step At A Time which you may find useful whatever your feelings towards the task.
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Think of your setting as a painting, only instead of using colours on a canvass, you’re using words to describe a picture in someone else’s mind. The good thing about words rather than paint is you can use them to explore all five senses. Touch, taste, smell, sight and sound can all be used when describing a setting.
Every scene happens somewhere. It could be on a pirate ship, under a bed, or walking through a desert. Wherever your story is set you’ll want your readers to close their eyes and imagine they’re there. Continue reading