Say it With Song: Writing Music & Emotion

Hi, my name is Moriah Densley, and I can’t write a story without music. Specifically, musician characters. I like to think the crucial moments of a story work better through the filter of music. It’s more comfortable than facing the possibility that my characters [me] hide behind the music. I’m still getting used to the intimate, […]

How I Learned to Write Like a Man

Does anyone else think it’s ironic that a bunch of women write in male point-of-view? Granted, ninety-something percent of romance readers are women, so we probably get away with it. Sometimes. Yes, I know there are men in existence who are in touch with their feelings, who aren’t afraid to talk about relationships and are […]

Start Writing Your Book! Method 2: Outline the Plot

Do you have a story churning in your head, and it wants out?  Does it play in your imagination like a movie?  Then you might be a plotter.  Or a screenplay writer.  Either way, you’ll need an outline. Or, if you have characters talking in your head, you could be A) schizophrenic, B) a writer who should start […]

Start Writing Your Book! Method 1: Character Sketches

So, you want to write.  Have a cool idea rattling around in the back of your mind, keeping you up at night?  Trying to start the next book in your series, or is this your first?  Either way, you’re surfing the internet instead of writing, so you’re not sure how to get started, right? Writers are often asked where they […]

Dialogue FAIL? Diagnose the Motive

Sometimes dialogue doesn’t work, but why does it fail? A reader can become confused or skeptical because of any number of issues with the writing, but I think questions in dialogue are the most common problem area.  This is probably as true in real-life dialogue as it is in fiction. Questions are more about the motive than the one-dimensional wording.  […]

In Praise of The Modern Gentleman

Chivalry is not dead.  It’s just rare. Perhaps confused by widespread poor manners or cowed by extreme feminism, the modern gentleman can be a tentative creature.  Should he hold the door open for a girl and risk being berated for assuming she’s incapable of doing it herself?  It’s risky business, and it shouldn’t be. I’m crazy about a gentleman, whether he’s eight years old […]

FAIL! Avoid Three Common Mistakes in Writing Musician Characters

Musicians are a sensual, moody and brilliant bunch.  Often eccentric or intense types, they make great characters in fiction.  Music as a topic provides a rich sensory palette.  I get excited about musician characters.  Sometimes. At my day job I’m a violinist–master’s degree, eighteen years experience teaching and “gigging”–so I usually notice when musician characters in a novel screw […]