Help! Past or Present?

Help needed. Writer seeking input for WIP I’ve got my idea. I have characters. There’s a basic plot and a little over 23,000 words. There’d be more words if I didn’t have to keep going back to fix the tense of my verbs. It was never a problem before. I’ve always written in third person…

Hope for a Dove – a short story

Hope for a Dove Two come for the seventh – raven and dove. One to be trained, the other to love. Beware the beak where brightness dulls. Mourn the heart as it falls. When perched above, sacrifice made, watch the trees for a Warrior babe. – Great Battle Prophecy April 1900, Glasgow, Scotland Catriona wiped…

Trust the Reader

One of the hardest things I’ve learned recently as I’ve worked on editing my latest work in progress (WIP) is that I need to trust my reader. Instead of telling readers what to think or feel, and detailed feelings of the characters, I need to let readers filter the character’s words, actions, and experiences through…

Backstory: When and How Much?

Every author is a connoisseur of story. The problem can become where to begin our wonderful tales, and how much stuff that happened to our characters before the story started do we need to tell our readers so they can understand what is going on now and why it’s happening. There are two basic types…