How to Begin Crafting Character Arcs

Do you know where your character is right this second? Do you know where he’s going to end up? Do you have a logical, tension-filled, engaging path for him to follow? Character arc, writers, is one of those necessary pre-writing decisions you need to make for your story. The type … READ MORE

How to build a character from scratch

Story is about a character who has to fight harrowing odds to achieve the one thing he wants desperately. This means, in a nutshell, your story is all about a character in conflict. Conflict is what makes your character interesting and readable. We don’t have to like your character but … READ MORE

What are the most common weak words?

Weak words are a story’s nemesis. They are easy to use, serve multiple purposes, and act as quick fillers–but they drag your story down and dim your writing. They crop up like kittens unless we are paying strict attention to each sentence we compose. With care and time, you can … READ MORE

What is Your Writing Process of Choice?

Writing process is the system writers use to begin and finish their projects. Each process will vary from writer to writer. Some writers are overwhelmed by the need to tell a story, caring only about letting the story loose onto the page, wildly spilling forth the characters, setting, and problems, … READ MORE

NaNoWriMo – Halfway Point

Halfway to the finish line of NaNoWriMo. To date, I have written over 35,000 words. I’ve been pretty good at keeping up with my 2,000-word/hour pace. I needed to get down that many words per writing session because my weekends are unpredictable. I never really know if I’ll have uninterrupted … READ MORE

NaNoWriMo – Week 1

How’s everyone doing so far? Week one is usually the most energetic week of NaNoWriMo. Writers are still riding high on the idea of pummeling their notebooks or computer screens with word after word. We’re not really tired yet, and we probably haven’t yet reached a point where we’ve gotten … READ MORE

NaNoWriMo Begins

Today is lift-off for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, and you are a writer, check out the info here. The idea of writing 50,000 words in 30 days can be a bit harrowing. Many writers won’t attempt the feat, while … READ MORE

How to Use Strengths and Weaknesses to Develop a Character

Character development is one of the most important big picture elements writers need to focus on when they begin a novel. Both internal and external development boil down to a character’s strengths and weaknesses. The terms “character strengths,” “character weaknesses,” and “character flaws” are often used to describe internal and … READ MORE

How to Discover your Protagonist’s Story Goal

Your protagonist (or any POV character, for that matter) needs to have a story goal. This is above and beyond an urge or desire or hope.  A story goal is concrete, and it requires steps that will lead the character into the story’s conflict. Your character may be dissatisfied with … READ MORE

Who is the Best Character to Tell the Story?

Point of view (POV) is a course in itself. Seriously. There are so many facets to think about with point of view – and many of them must be decided before you even begin to write your book. Telling your story from the WRONG POV is very easy to do. … READ MORE