Muze Taps

Below is the complete collection of Molly Tinsley’s Muze Taps, advice columns that tackle the various challenges faced by creative writers.

Finding a Voice, Part Two
Our previous Muze Tap noted that letting go of self-consciousness and judgment brings us closer to writing the way we
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Finding a Voice, Part One
We often praise writing for its voice, but run into difficulty trying to define what voice actually means. We know that voice
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Writing From Life
Memoir has been the next new thing for at least twenty years, gobbling up the pie-share of sales that used
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Six Quick Tips on Dialogue
Dialogue is far from tape-recorded reality, even though it sounds like tape-recorded reality. Dialogue has to maintain its focus on
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Getting Started with Dialogue
Honoring the hotspots in a story means allowing them to explode into scenes. Dialogue is another word for the fireworks
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Making a Scene – When and How
The ability to summarize comes in handy when a writer needs to move quickly over an unimportant expanse of time.
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Time Management
Stories are about time, about the interplay of past, present, and future. Characters come with past histories and future hopes.
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Building Character
A story is about people before it’s about anything else. How do we bring to life on the page the
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Point of View
Every story implies a storyteller. Every storyteller implies a point of view. Point of view as a technical term refers
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Storytelling
The need to produce and consume stories is hard-wired into the human species. Through story, we massage the randomness and
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