How important are secondary characters? Very Important. Think for just a minute how you might see The Harry Potter series without Neville Longbottom. Or perhaps Pride and Prejudiced with Jane Bennett. Not so interesting, huh? Important to remember the names for secondary characters. They should not be similar to the hero or the heroines name. … Continue reading Secondary Characters
New parents spend time and energy choosing the perfect name for tier offspring. Some writers spend a few hours choosing a character name, and rightfully so. This is a declension which can mean the difference between success and failure for your character, or maybe even your book. You can choose a name that molds the … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Interviewing the hero is a good start, if that works for you. If not, I'm going to give you some guidelines about what a hero should--and shouldn't be, and how he might act. Remember, writing doesn't have a lot of "rules" per se, but if you want your hero to be likable, you will at … Continue reading How do I make that hero shine?
There are a lot of questions you'll be asking about developing any character. Some writers like to sit down and "interview" the characters they'll be working with over the course of a story. I am not one of those writers. Is is wrong to interview characters? Yes, and no. If you use this method to … Continue reading Defining Characters
As soon as you open your novel, on the very first page, in the very first line...what your character does and says will make or break him/her --and by association, you--as a writer. You only get this one chance to gimme a hero. He/she must be unique but ordinary, courageous but vulnerable, strong and weak … Continue reading Gimme a Hero…
Conflict is the promise we make to our readers. Once we set the stage, bring the reader into our characters ordinary world, it is conflict that keeps him reading our story. But first, you need to get your readers attention. Building a character that is sympathetic, someone we and the readers can identify with, someone … Continue reading Conflict
There are people who want to tell you how to organize your story. Sadly, writers are individuals. Every writer has, or will have, their own method for telling a story. But two things are essential to storytelling. Plot and structure. First of all let me tell you that you can take this statement to the … Continue reading What’s it all about?
I knew you wouldn't listen to my advice, you just wanted to start writing, and you know you want to keep those readers reading. So you have to take a look at the hook. You certainly can't open a story without a hook. You need one, at least one, to capture the initial interest of … Continue reading Hooking your reader
I'll be the first one to say, in spite of the excitement which accompanies starting a new project or a new book, there is also an element of fear. Fear is the one thing which diverts our attention from a project which we anticipated, and causes us to doubt if the endeavor will be successful. … Continue reading Where do I start?
“We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.” ― Walter Anderson This post speaks to the issue of sharing your work with others. I know, I know. You write for the satisfaction of having created something from the sheer fabric … Continue reading Trust