writing tips

The five whys. Why.

The Secret of the Five Whys

The secret of the five whys is known to a few writers, but it’s such an awesome way to know your characters and thus make plotting easier, that we had to share. Feel free to pass it on.

The five whys

A long time ago, when I started writing, a friend (hey, Lisa!) would grill me on my character’s motivation. One answer was never enough for her, she had to ask and ask and ask until the character was stripped bare. Only then would she relent and let me continue telling the rest of the story.

I named her method “The Five Whys” because that was the average number of times she asked me “Why?” about the character.

Let me give you an example.

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keyboard shortcuts

#ThrowbackThursday Keyboard Shortcuts

I love, love, love keyboard shortcuts. They are the bomb. Or maybe I’m just lazy. No. Efficient. Yeah, I’m uber efficient.
It’s amazing how many people don’t use keyboard shortcuts, even the basics like CNTL+A for chose all. How weird that you wouldn’t want to make your typing easier and faster so you can write more or have time for other things.
Here is a handy-dandy list of keyboard shortcuts. I hope you’ll take advantage of one or two and increase your word count!

keyboard shortcuts

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rules to better dialogue

#ThrowbackThursday

Today’s #ThrowbackThursday’s blog is taken from October 2017’s #AuthorToolboxBloghop and gives us the 8 rules for better dialogue. To read this month’s #AuthorToolboxBloghop blog on the dreaded passive voice, go here.

8 Rules for better dialogue

Rules for better dialogue

One way to make your characters memorable, is to give them better dialogue. Click To Tweet

One way to make your characters memorable, is to give them better dialogue.

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