The Invisible Writer

I’ve been wanting to write a post about the most recent Michael Knost writing class that I took, titled The Invisible Writer, and I just haven’t had the time. I really enjoyed the class and learned a lot! The premise of the class was things you shouldn’t do as a writer that draws attention to you – the author – and pulls your reader out of the story.

Rather than rehashing what he taught, I wanted to mention two things he hit on:

One is my biggest pet peeve: head hopping. I love Eve Dallas and her man, Roarke, who are featured in J.D. Robb’s In Death series. However, I can only read small bits of the books at a time. She head hops, and it gets on my nerves royally. I don’t want to know all of the characters’ inner thoughts in the scene. Budding authors, do yourself a favor and write from one character’s POV (point of view) per scene. You readers will appreciate it much more if you do.

The second point I wanted to mention is what he termed Purple Prose. I recently read a book where the author did this, and I have to say, I won’t be reading any more of her books. Purple prose is when you – the author – try to impress the reader with your knowledge. In the book I read, the author was in the medical field. She used a plethora of ten-cent medical words that did nothing for me. Nada. Keep your reader in the story by not drawing attention to your fancy-shmancy vocabulary or your complex dialogue – do people really talk like that??

If you ever have the opportunity to take one of Michael’s classes, I highly recommend you do. He can be found at and


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑



The Shameful Sheep

shit storms, shame, and stories that make you cringe


Educating, Motivating & Inspiring Photographers

Bayard & Holmes

If you're in a fair fight, you're using poor tactics


Adventures in Watercolor Painting and Sketching, Watercolour Magazine, with Charlie O'Shields

Small House Bliss

Small house designs with big impact

Libby Cole

Romance writer and reader

Brigham Vaughn

Setting free the characters in my mind

From the Field

Connecting YOU with Wildlife - Pennsylvania Game Commission

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Reviews and Scattered Thoughts on Books in Every Form


“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Authors, Artists, Geeks, Husbands

Coffee and Porn in the Morning

Writing, Books, & Vampires

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

Trail Mix

Thoughts on and off the trail of Life.

Diary Of A Traveller

Current Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The World According to Ryland

One part film and media blog, one part personal portfolio, one part chronicle of the life of a homeless aspiring novelist in NYC..

%d bloggers like this: