Writing Tips

A collection of writing-related tips and free advice.

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 7

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 7 If you didn’t start with Part 1 do so now. At this point, you should know that: Prose is constructed by using thirteen different types of beats to create three different styles of prose. The first or “base” style of prose, Direct…

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 6

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 6 If you didn’t start with Part 1 do so now. At this point, you should know that: Prose is constructed by using thirteen different types of beats to create three different styles of prose. The first or “base” style of prose, Direct…

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 5

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 5 If you haven’t read the previous posts to this series, do so now, starting with Part 1. At this point, you should know that: Prose is constructed by using thirteen different types of beats to create three different styles of prose. The…

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 4

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 4 If you didn’t start with Part 1 do so now. At this point, you should know that: Prose is constructed by using thirteen different types of beats to create three different styles of prose. The first or “base” style of prose, Direct…

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 3

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 3 If you didn’t start with Part 1 do so now. At this point, you should know that: Prose is constructed by using thirteen different types of beats to create three different styles of prose. The first or “base” style of prose, Direct…

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 1

How to Construct Professional Quality Prose–An Introduction to The NORTAV Method: Part 1 Let’s start by creating a fresh sample of prose: Take 5-10 minutes Create a fragment of NEW fiction, nothing you’ve started or thought of before. Create 1-2 paragraphs minimum. This does NOT have to be good or exciting or “correct” in any…

Does the Muse Really Exist?

Sure…she’s that elderly woman who lives with her sister, the Tooth Fairy, across the street from Santa Claus. Of course, the Muse does not exist! (Though there are muses – lower case—which I’ll get to in a minute.) What some writers consider to be an external, spiritual entity–some esoteric, magical being that visits them only…