• Character Development,  Creativity

    How To Make Your Next Villain A Coward

    Most stories have obvious antagonists, some even aren’t afraid to don the black hat or have a plan for world domination. But then there are some stories in which the opposing force for the protagonist is far more subtle. They may be crafty or manipulative rather than out-and-out evil. Personally I think these villains are a lot more fun to write, but the danger in writing a good villain is that you may inadvertently convince your reader to cheer them on. What do you do then? The story is about Luke Skywalker, not Darth Vader. The solution? Make them a coward.

  • Character Development,  Creativity

    12 Mistakes You Could Be Making When Creating Narrative Voice

    Every novel, especially those written in the first person, tells the story from a specific point of view. If you've chosen a point of view for your story that is specific, you may find that it is complicated and difficult to keep the story only to their viewpoint. If done well, your narrative voice draws the reader into the story. The details of the thoughts and dialogue work together to make the narrator a sympathetic or likable character.

  • Character Development,  Creativity,  Uncategorized

    Shipping: 14 Ways To Develop Romance In Your Story

    Man, do I love a good, believable romance. I like the slow kind, where looks are exchanged, where she ignores him, where he adores her, where their journey leads to something beautiful and long-lasting. I like the kinds of romance where the undercover action is a result of commitment, not the possibility of it. Good romance stories, in my opinion, have the reader fully engaged in the feelings of the couple long before they figure it out themselves. I didn’t know there was a term for this. Oh, this is why I write fiction! I can get emotionally involved in the romance of characters without actually getting emotionally involved! And…

  • Character Development

    13 More Mistakes You Could Make When Creating Narrative Voice

      Who is telling your story anyway? What is the point of view? You’ve had a story in your mind for weeks. Maybe you’ve twisted it, pounded it and cut it to pieces. You’ve already made many decisions on how it is to be told. But, have you put thought into the narrative voice? The narrative voice is the voice of the point of view character that tells the story. With a well-drawn point of view character, a story can be rich and interesting. You want to take the time to get this right. Last week, I blogged about 12 big mistakes that you can make in creating a narrative…

  • Character Development

    The 9 Things Your Main Character Needs From You

    Character development is one of my favorite things to do when I’m cooking up a new story. With the development of character, it’s like I’m meeting a new friend who trusts me enough to send me on an adventure. I need my character badly for, without him or her, I don’t have a voice for my story. But my character needs me too. I have the necessities to make them come alive. These are the nine things my main character needs from me. A name. This is obvious, and you can spend a lot of time looking at name meanings and overthink it to the point of ridicule, or you…