Many writers describe a sound, rather than reproducing it. That puts a layer of distance between the reader and the sound. The reader doesn’t experience it; she is told about it. That’s why you should incorporate onomatopoeia, one of those literary devices you probably learned about in middle school, into your writing.Read More
Author: Laura DiSilverio
Our ongoing series on the formula for writing a cozy mystery continues with a discussion of how to create a dynamic cast of supporting characters.Read More
Animals have played important roles in literature through the ages. They’ve been some of the noblest protagonists and unnerving antagonists. Think you’re more Aslan than Wilbur, more Moby Dick than Peter Rabbit? Take this quiz to find out.Read More
In the first installment of this series on conflict, we talked about why every story needs conflict, and lots of it. Today’s post explains the four types of conflict, with hints on how to layer them into your story for maximum impact.Read More
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