Enhanced hearing – is there really silence?

Is there really silence in a scene you’re writing? We’ll often write that there was a silence, often between two characters or when someone is listening out for something, but is there really silence? Are we outside or indoors? Is there a clock in the room? Any passing traffic? You should consider these things in…… Continue reading Enhanced hearing – is there really silence?

Characters: create contrast and intrigue in their lives

Real people (you and I) form their characters and behaviour over time, but writers are creating ready-formed lives and there is a lot to think about and invent to make your character — and your story — believable in the reader’s eyes. Let’s take a look at some examples of what I mean.  Different aspects…… Continue reading Characters: create contrast and intrigue in their lives

Making your characters believable: Body Language

Using descriptions of body language in your story shows your reader what is going on between two characters rather than telling them. It helps to create an emotional response in your reader, which reflects the emotional responses your characters are experiencing.  Check out some of the books you’ve been reading lately (you have been reading,…… Continue reading Making your characters believable: Body Language