Writing Tip #10 – Widening the Lens of the Story

I love writing. I love teaching. I love teaching writing. I love listening to writers talk about their manuscripts. I love problem solving with writers. I love the delicacy and boldness of writing. These tips are things I’ve learned over the years that have held me in good stead and kept me going through the hard dry times. I hope they help you.

And hey, they are only one minute long. Click here.


Okay this tip is a weird one because it is totally counterintuitive. Sometimes when your lens is too tight on one character or one perspective, it can be distancing for the reader because they can’t see and feel the rest of the world. You have inadvertently limited the reader’s immersion and involvement in the world because it is limited by one character’s perspective. Sometimes widening the lens pulls the reader in closer.