Writers’ Tips and Tools

As a fledgling writer of fiction, Vince had a great deal to learn. He profited immensely from attending writers’ workshops in the UK and his home country, Switzerland, with renowned speakers such as Adrian Plass and Joanna Penn. Participating in a local critique group was also most helpful.

Have a look at some of the things he has gleaned in the posts below.

Make the Reader Work!

Make the Reader Work!

One of my grossest errors when I first started writing fiction was to tell the reader exactly what was going on, why, and what the characters thought about it. How boring is this? Another pastime of mine was to observe snakes. There was something mystical about snakes. Some people thought they represented an evil power, but…

Different Types of Fiction

Different Types of Fiction

For a change, I’m including a guest post. Thanks, Lucy Adams, for an interesting and thought-provoking article. Why do people read books? What are the reasons that they are among the most important inventions of human civilization? You know the answer, although you may not be aware of it. Today I want to talk about…

Another great tool for authors!

Another great tool for authors!

Don’t you sometimes make a major change to a chapter – delete a whole section and rearrange the sequence of events – only to have a nagging thought that perhaps that wasn’t such a good idea and in a week or two you’ll want to revert to the old version?  Google Drive knew that was…

My new office

My new office

Snow-covered Alps in the distance, a red kite complaining about having been chased from its realm by angry crows, a waxing moon and last rays of sunshine at 4 pm on the 17th of December! Having completed the first draft of my book, much revision is called for. One approach I’ve discovered is to read it out aloud, chapter…

Serious Criticism

Serious Criticism

Every author stresses how important revision is. The trouble is, one easily overlooks one’s own weak points, omissions and errors. The solution sounds easy: Get a good Critique Partner for reciprocal manuscript correction. But how? There aren’t that many budding English-speaking authors in Oberlunkhofen! I tried several online author sites which offer some facility for…

Extremely useful authoring tool

Extremely useful authoring tool

Among many interesting bits and bites, the December 2012 issue of The Woolf plugged the personal writing editor and coach Pro Writing Aid. Perhaps you all know and use it already. ProWritingAid highlights elements like repetitiveness, vague wording, sentence length variation, over-dependence on adverbs, passive voice, over-complicated sentence constructions, and so much more. I tried out the free online version and soon subscribed…

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