• Character Development,  Uncategorized

    12 Mistakes You Could Make When Creating Narrative Voice

      Narrative voice is the voice of the narrator in a story. 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. But if the narrative voice is put together thoughtlessly, your reader may bore quickly, dismiss the narrator and possibly discard your…

  • Character Development

    Fall In Love With Your Characters So Your Readers Will Too

    By Jessica White One of my favorite parts of writing is creating characters. As a reader nothing makes me fall into a story faster than falling in love with a character.  It’s like meeting a new neighbor or making a new friend.  Even the antagonists are interesting to meet from the safety of my mind.   I love watching them grow in depth and complexity, learning their quirks, hobbies, backstories, and what makes them tick.  You can tell the exact same plot line from a million points of view, and each time it will be a different story, because each character will make different decisions. For many writers, a character…

  • Craft,  Reading,  Uncategorized,  Work-In-Progress

    Eleven Requirements For The First Pages of Your Bestseller

    The first pages of a book are like opening a door. I let myself go at the beginning and write with an easy mind, but by the time I get to the middle I begin to grow timid and to fear my story will be too long…That is why the beginning of my stories is always very promising and looks as though I were starting on a novel, and the middle is huddled and timid, and the end is…like fireworks. — Anton Chekov The first pages of a book are  the first impression a reader, agent, publisher or reviewer will read. Your goal is to keep them so interested that…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Craft,  Creativity,  Uncategorized

    Top 10 Ways To Find Inspiration For Your Main Character by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    If we’re creating the right kinds of characters, they will feel like real people. They would have a clear description, a consistent personality, strong objectives, bad habits and body odor. But where do we start when it comes to creating them? I don’t think there is one right answer. But if you’re looking for inspiration, or you want a clearer picture, consider this list: Top Ten Ways To Find Inspiration For Your Main Character 1. Pick an Archetype In the beginning of your creation consider looking at basic tropes often used in fiction.The archetypes are generally defined by their role and their basic reaction to the story. You know these. You’ve recognized…