• Craft

    Why Mutually Exclusive Desires Make Great Conflicts

      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 getting caught in small spaces. Also, you could have conflicts involving sickness, like a character with Crohn’s disease can’t stop eating animal crackers. Or maybe a conflict regarding money: the bank may foreclose on the family homestead any minute now. A great story has many kinds of conflicts all layered on each other, each eating…

  • Craft,  Revising and Editing,  Uncategorized

    Four Reasons Why Authors Shouldn’t Be Nice In Their Stories

    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 readers for their bad behavior. But when it comes their writing, authors need to stop being meek. Instead they should be as mean as they can possibly be within the confines of their genre. If well-mannered authors carry their sweetness into their stories too much, they risk weakening their books. Nice people can make dull…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    Top 10 Questions To Ask About Authority Figures That Could Beef Up Your Conflict by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    I may know a thing or two about conflict: I have three teenagers. Conflict is really great in stories, it raises the stakes, it drives characters and it makes the story more interesting. In life, I could do without it. I’m the mom, so I have something besides gray hair and tax files that my kids don’t have: I have authority. I have more power, more wisdom, more responsibility and more invested in them than they do. (Note: I didn’t say more money. They have more money than I do.) A regular source of our conflict is them lamenting the fact that they have less. And they want more. It’s…