Don’t tell me what I already know

There are two ways to reveal a surprise or secret you've been hinting at in a story. Well, I'm sure there's more than two but let's be black and white for a minute. There's a good way, and a bad way. There's a way that makes your reader smile and say 'ah, yes I suspected that' …

Chapter titles

Something Borne is doing--which I'm sure is done, but I can't think of another time I've seen it--is giving each chapter a provocative title. I really like this idea and might try it out to see if it fits in any of my writings. A chapter titled 'what I found in [character's] room' for example, …

Be creative

I've started Jeff VanderMeer's new book, Borne, and it is very interesting so far. Although it is YET ANOTHER post apocalyptic story, he is being refreshingly creative with it. The very first thing we encounter in this destroyed world is not a zombie or a mutant person covered in boils, or a band of scavengers …