Goodbye 2018

I don’t know about you, but the day after Christmas and the week before New Year’s Eve is always a little depressing for me. The cheerful “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” greetings end, most of the romantic or hopeful holiday shows cease to be shown, and the major networks are … Continue reading

The Craft of Writing: Narrative

Narrative is basically anything that’s not dialogue, which means it includes dialogue tags and action tags. Whereas grammar rules can be ignored, if desired, when writing dialogue, those rules should be followed with narrative. If you’re not sure about the rules, there are books (Shrunk & White’s Elements of Style; … Continue reading

Past Tense or Present Tense?

The other day I had lunch with two writer friends, and we started talking about point-of-view, which segued into the difficulties of writing first person pov, which segued into writing past tense or present tense. Lately I’ve read several books written in the present tense. It usually takes me a … Continue reading