Hollows

Hollows can be carved out of a story to great effect. By creating a safe, boundaried space, you can put a soft romantic scene into a 350-page bloodbath, an exhilarating drug trip into a period piece, or a quiet conversation into a taut thriller. These places can’t exist entirely outside your book’s continuum, but if … More Hollows

Sentence Structure

Different sentence structures do different things; few are wrong, but many are ill-suited to where they sit. Short, staccato structures raise tension and work for things like combat, whereas longer, more flowing ones are good for emotion or complex ideas. A failure in sentence structure can tear an entire scene apart in twenty words or … More Sentence Structure