Below is the complete collection of Molly Tinsley’s Muze Taps, advice columns that tackle the various challenges faced by creative writers.
From Church to Bookstore
In the beginning was the Word. That’s what I was taught anyway. I don’t know about God, and certainly notRead more.
Benefits of Working with a Qualified Editor
Writing can be an enigmatic art form, familiar yet mysterious. What may appear transparent at first glance proves surprisingly opaqueRead more.
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 weRead more.
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 voiceRead more.
Writing From Life
Memoir has been the next new thing for at least twenty years, gobbling up the pie-share of sales that usedRead more.
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 onRead more.
Getting Started with Dialogue
Honoring the hotspots in a story means allowing them to explode into scenes. Dialogue is another word for the fireworksRead more.
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.Read more.
Stories are about time, about the interplay of past, present, and future. Characters come with past histories and future hopes.Read more.
A story is about people before it’s about anything else. How do we bring to life on the page theRead more.