Have you ever worried that your story may be too simple?
Have you found yourself adding plot twists, shocking turnarounds, colorful secondary characters, and a number of tragedies, in the hopes of maintaining your reader’s attention?
Compelling characters are what bind me to stories, be it those I write or books I read or performances I watch. So I am endlessly fascinated by the magical alchemy, and hard work, involved in crafting characters who leap from the page. This post stems from recent struggles to flesh out characters in my current manuscript and my desire to give them wings.
You’re reading a novel and a character appears out of nowhere and joins a conversation. Or, a character sitting in the living room in the scene is suddenly standing by the door. Have you ever felt disoriented by characters who jump on or off the page with no reference to how they got there?
Originality in writing is something we all strive for. But sometimes we’re all guilty of over-using the same words and descriptions. In today’s article, Becca Puglisi from One Stop For Writers shares some ideas that might help.
My regular readers know that I’m a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants. However, it wasn’t always that way. (In this post, Jami provides a detailed strategy for plotting.)
When participating in National Novel Writing Month, what is the only thing more important than getting those 50,000 words written in November? How about making sure you’ve checked all the necessary to-dos off your NaNo pre-writing list in October?
The Internet seems to be of two general thought schools on the subject of first drafts.
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