Learn from Oprah. Organize your writing time wisely with these 3 questions.
Characters don’t just wear clothes, they appear throughout their world in costume. How do you make fashion choices for your characters?
Do you know how to keep the tone of your novel in place? Write with power to direct your imaginary world.
Style is arbitrary. I've heard the tedious rules about what can be said, how it should be written, why it should appear that way. You know what disappears in that hair-splitting explanation? The who. The reader.
The world of your words is rich with sounds. The music of life. The music written into your world makes it real, gives it feeling.
If you are wrong about something obvious, people notice. They will call you out. And worse, they won't read anything else you write.
Call it what you will, many writers keep ideas in a notebook. Here's why a "scrap pile" is essential.