- David Woolfe
P.O. Box 124
Atlantic Beach, NY 11509
tel. (516) 371-1750
Author Archives: David Woolfe
If your narrative voice speaks the way you would have it be heard, you have written a masterpiece! Continue reading
What is the difference between a taut, compelling piece of writing and one that drifts aimlessly, soft at its belly like a thirty-year old former high school athlete who’s gotten a bit too comfortable on the couch, if you know … Continue reading
You should write a book. How many times, when you’ve shared a personal story with someone, has that been the response? Write a book. Tell a story. Tell your story. We are natural story-tellers. We are hard-wired story tellers. Our … Continue reading
If I had a nickel for every time someone declared the end of books I’d be a very rich man. But, alas, I am not rich and no one is considering paying me a nickel or anything else for what other people do and do not say. Continue reading
First-person narrative? Third-person narrative? Even Second-person narrative? What exactly is “Point of View” (POV)? And, perhaps more important, How do you know which POV to employ for your story? POV is where you stand when you tell your story. Picture … Continue reading
Try this simple exercise: Take any sentence you’ve written and strip it down. Take away the adverbs. Now, take away the adjectives. Keep going. Don’t stop now. Don’t hide behind a clause or two. Get down to the naked sentence. Now, write another sentence after it, equally stripped down. And another.
When you’ve got a paragraph, strut it around a bit. Then and only then, dress your sentences up a bit. Just enough to show off the bareness beneath, not to hide it. If you can do this, you will be a much better and much stronger writer.
There is a curious relationship that a reader has with a narrator, with the storyteller rather than the story. While readers of fantasy-sci/fi live for the remarkable flights of fancy that are part and parcel of the genre, those flights of fancy only work when they are related by a storyteller that is firmly rooted in “reality.” Continue reading
The morass of modifiers is often the undoing of many novice writers. Too many writers overuse and misuse modifiers, both adjectives and adverbs. Invariably, a single, strong modifier will be a more effective descriptor than a string of modifiers that … Continue reading
Because ghostwriters so often work “in the shadows”, that is, offer confidentiality to their clients, finding the right ghostwriter is a very different enterprise than finding, say, a house painter or restaurant. Personal references are difficult to come by.
My first piece of advice is, Trust your gut! If, for whatever reason, the writer you are speaking to doesn’t feel like someone you can work with, don’t.
Novice writers, even good writers, struggle with the logic of a book or story. That is why a ghostwriter or professional editor is so important. He can write your story or book so that it adheres to its internal logic, thereby accruing power page by page, rather than simply drifting off into the ether.