JP Coman: On Writing

Continuing the special series about JP Coman, we asked  for their thoughts on writing. If you missed part 1, read it now! What do you think most characterizes your writing? Great dialog and interaction. Characters that are memorable, and scenes that you can visualize like a movie. Why did you choose to write Children’s Fantasy?  The worlds that children inhabit can be fun and inventive. Children often say things that are so far out it sparks our imagination. What does … Read More

A Figure of Speech

Figurative language is essential for creating a full sensory environment and helps readers to become emotionally invested in your characters. It’s also what will most likely be quoted when people talk about your writing. “My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.” (Blazing Saddles) Is not just a beautiful statement, but conveys the personality of the character much better than, ‘I have a lot of ideas’ ever would have. 7 … Read More

Engaging Dialogue

While it’s not difficult to describe your characters, a paragraph (or more) of exposition is really boring. The best way to present your characters is to show their personalities through engaging dialogue. A quick search yields many tips for writing better dialogue. The ‘rules’ of dialogue are fairly simple (if not always simple to follow) and can be broken down quickly into 5 key ideas. Keep it simple. People don’t speak in full, grammatically correct sentences, so neither should your … Read More