Category: Pen Tips

Pen Tips by Shai Adair are writing tips for the new or intermediate writer.

Pen Tip #5: Camouflage

I took a trip to help a dear friend move recently and rediscovered a simple, fundamental truth that transcends all of life: camouflage hides stuff, whether you want it to or not. This holds true with your kitchen counter top, and your story. “Where’s… Continue Reading “Pen Tip #5: Camouflage”

Pen Tip #4: POV Isn’t a Virus

Gabe was in line for coffee at a street corner coffee vendor and heard a commotion behind him. He turned to see a woman run out of a bank and a man with a blue jacket chase her and take her to the ground.… Continue Reading “Pen Tip #4: POV Isn’t a Virus”

Pen Tip #3: Unpacking, and a Challenge

“I don’t know where to start,” I was told by a very creative story teller. He is a seriously talented individual who can think of awe inspiring stories on the fly! But when asked to put his stories into writing so they can be… Continue Reading “Pen Tip #3: Unpacking, and a Challenge”

Pen Tip #2: Atmosphere

Teaser – These next four simple paragraphs could change your writing forever, but you need all four. The atmosphere of a coffee shop is inviting to writing and other activities that involve little more than an internet connection. The smells of coffee and sweet… Continue Reading “Pen Tip #2: Atmosphere”

Pen Tip #1: Where to Begin

You can’t steer a parked car. I can’t tell you the number of people who have confessed to me, “I’ve had a story in my head for years.” From there the comments go different directions. Some say, “I should really write that thing someday.”… Continue Reading “Pen Tip #1: Where to Begin”