Eyes On the Ground

When writers include real places in fiction, they now have more tools than ever for making sure they get the description right. Services like Google Maps & Street View, Bing, Flickr, and countless others make it easy to catch glimpses of your target location from many angles. Without ever having been there, theoretically, you should be able Read More …

Tools of the Trade

As a lifelong polygeek, I’ve found that toolset and workflow are key things to sort out before you can really get serious about doing productive work in any creative field. For Recording… You need software and devices for composing, generating sound, capturing sound, recording it, mixing it, converting it to digital and back to analog, filtering Read More …

On Endings

The Ending: Sweat this above all. So, you have crafted a terrific book with an engaging plot, memorable characters and settings, and prose that flows like honey. But after asking a reader to spend several hours of her valuable time with your characters and their ordeals, delivering an unsatisfying ending would be a deeply-felt affront.  Particularly in Read More …

Finding Your Character’s Narrative Voice

Without a doubt, narrative voice is the most important thing to really nail about your fictional characters. In a previous article on establishing and maintaining your character’s point of view, I touched on narrative voice and how it is affected by the author’s choice of POV. While POV (and your way of expressing Read More …