In a novel, what is a scene? A scene is a small increment of the story that progresses the story forward. A novel is full of them. And while this may seem obvious, they ain’t easy to write. Have you written a scene and not known where to start? Ask yourself these ten questions! The … Continue reading Ten Questions To Ask Before Writing An Interesting Scene
Let’s say you want to write a villain who doesn’t wear black, doesn’t have a weapon and doesn’t do all the things that typical baddies do.You want an emotionally abusive villain. Emotionally abusive villains are scarier than the Darth Vader types, in my humble opinion. They can play with a person’s mind, trick … Continue reading Eighteen Ways To Write An Emotionally Abusive Villain
Backstory? Oh yes, you’ve been working on that character’s backstory for months! You’ve written thousands of words of backstory! You know how his parents met, how he got that scar on his pasty white tuckus, and why he gets all shaky and whiny when he’s served enchiladas. This is all important stuff you told yourself as … Continue reading Does Your Backstory Make Your Readers Stabby?
Nice authors can be dull ones. I think that authors should be well-behaved and respectful. They should have great ethics and never be undignified or rude in public where their readers can see them. I fully believe that an author’s brand is far too fragile (especially in this competitive market) to risk alienation by their … Continue reading Four Reasons Why Authors Shouldn’t Be Nice In Their Stories
Super powers always come from somewhere. Does your main character have super powers? If your main character has a history of abuse then you may have a super hero on your hands. This isn’t just the stuff of Marvel Comics. In real life, victims of abuse — at least those that have sought therapy, … Continue reading 5 Super Powers & 5 Sources of Kryptonite for Abused Characters
Nanowrimo is National Novel Writing Month. For 30 days in November every year, hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world try to get 50,000 words on paper. In a perfect world, these words would be brilliant and profound. It’s far more likely that the words are a big hot mess. If you are … Continue reading Top 16 Close-Talking, Double Dipping Tips to Succeeding At Nanowrimo!
by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Forget about hair color and broad shoulders and kissable lips. The best stories have characters that are complex, well drawn and have such interesting inner and outer struggles that readers can’t help but be fascinated by them. There are hundreds of ways to develop character, from figuring out their … Continue reading Top 10 Things To Give Your Characters That Will Make Them More Vivid
You’re writing a book and all of your hundreds of readers want to know. “What’s it about?” And you, gather them around you, adjust your cravat, look over your half moon glasses that are pretentiously hanging from a gold chain around your neck and you say, “I’m not really sure.” Why can’t you explain? It’s … Continue reading Top 10 Signs You May Be A Literary Writer (For Those of Us Who Are Genre Confused)
Sometimes naming characters is the fun part of writing. And then sometimes you feel like if you don’t get it just right, then your entire world will fall apart. It doesn’t help that there’s only twenty bajillion names to choose from. Sometimes it’s easier to figure out what you don’t want rather than what you … Continue reading Top Ten Things You Don’t Want When Naming Characters by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelists
Forget about hair color and broad shoulders and kissable lips.The best stories have characters that are complex, well drawn and have such interesting inner and outer struggles that readers can’t help but be fascinated by them. There are hundreds of ways to develop character, from figuring out their favorite ice cream flavors to starting … Continue reading #Top10Tuesday Top 20 Things To Give Your Characters That Will Make Them More Vivid
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 … Continue reading Fall in Love with Your Characters (So The Reader Will Too) — A Guest Post By Jessica White
If you are a fiction writer and you don’t have Awkward Family Photos bookmarked, you are really missing out. I know these people. I have seen these photos in people’s homes. I can write about them. The conflict is easy to find. If you find conflict, you have a story. Write for 10 minutes about … Continue reading Why Awkward Family Photos Is My Favorite Source For Character Inspiration
Beta readers are the best! They are an author’s second readers. I’m guessing, and don’t hold me to it, that the alpha reader is the author himself. God knows YOU’VE read your book enough, right? Good writers use beta readers’ opinions to iron out the story’s wrinkles, find out what’s missing and see what the … Continue reading #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Questions To Ask Your Beta Readers