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 … Continue reading 12 Mistakes You Could Make When Creating Narrative Voice
The protagonist pushes forward, but the antagonistic force pushes back. An antagonistic force is a person in your story who is opposing your protagonist, either in small, accidental ways or in big obvious ones. Because of the contrast and the potential for great conflict, you want to develop your antagonist as richly as you do your … Continue reading Five Character Types That Make Great Antagonistic Forces
You’re an author, so your job is to fully communicate what your main character are thinking, doing, or even hiding. Often you can do this in the way that you describe their body language. In your first scene, your main character, Roy, might have just gotten his car stolen from someone he trusted. He’s … Continue reading 16 Questions About Body Language & Appearance For Your Character
Your story should be jammed packed with conflicts. You should have conflicts about the setting, like the tropical storm that’s been seen down south is heading north and could turn into a hurricane. Or, you could have conflicts about every day life, like maybe the cat is missing and he has a history of … Continue reading Why Mutually Exclusive Desires Make Great Conflicts
You’ve picked out your character’s eye color, hair color, and favorite ice cream. You have even chosen their personality type, their deep dark secret, and deepest fear. You certainly haven’t ignored their greatest desire and figured out how their objective in the story works with, or against, this desire. So have you thought about adding … Continue reading 7 Defense Mechanisms You Could Give To Your Character
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