You want your readers to be able to enjoy your writing and this means there needs to be something of interest that keeps them coming back for more. A villain is often what sets things in motion, so you need to make sure you are able to make this character compelling. Strong villains aren’t just… Continue reading Strong villains
You have an idea, and you’ve taken the time to flesh everything out. You have a good mental picture regarding how your story is going to go, as you’ve outlined it extensively. However, you aren’t quite sure where to start. How should you begin your book? There is likely a lot of information floating around… Continue reading Beginning your book
You love writing, and you can’t help but be proud of some of the scenes you are able to create. However, others may fall a little flat and need a bunch of rewrites. Why is this? You want your writing to be dynamic and intriguing. This means that you will need to take the time… Continue reading Using all the senses
You love to create new characters and find that one of your favorite parts of writing is developing the individuals you have created. However, you know that you can’t just make a person out of thin air, as they will likely need to be connected to the world around them unless your story specifically calls… Continue reading Rounding out your main characters
You spend a lot of time creating compelling characters, and you want them to be both believable and relatable. While their personalities and life circumstances matter quite a bit, so do their names. How can you find the right name for your characters? There are a lot of names to choose from, and you want… Continue reading Naming your characters
There are a lot of ways to improve your writing, but few will help you more than reading. This is because there is an abundance of great work out there that you can use as an example. Reading quality writing allows you to see how things are put together. You can pull individual parts of… Continue reading You have to read if you want to write
You have an idea, and you’d like to turn it into a full-length story. You aren’t quite sure about the details yet, but you’re getting there. When should you begin outlining it? Coming up with new ideas may make your head spin with possibilities. This may make you want to wait to outline your story,… Continue reading When is it time to outline your story?