by Cátia Isabel Silva When you’re imagining a story, creating the characters for it is just another part of the job. It’s almost automatic, the way they get into your mind, showing you what they look like, how they think, yet, putting those things down on paper isn’t always as obvious or easy to… Read More Characters Also Need A Soul: 5 Tips to Write Interesting Characters
by Sheree Crawford Researching is, believe it or not, a skill that not everyone has. If you do have it you should definitely put it on your C.V.; good research is often the thing you do not see, but the want of it is blindingly obvious, especially when you write historic fiction, or you’re… Read More Historical Research for Writers
by Sara Butler Zalesky While I was working with an editor on Wheeler, the phrase ‘head hopping’ kept coming up again and again, but I had no idea to what she was referring. Being new to this thing called writing, my only experience was what I read from other authors. I’m a prolific reader,… Read More Head Hopping: Should You Do It?
by Jean M. Cogdell A reaction for every action? Large or small? The short answer is yes. I think so. Once I grasp this concept, things began going a little smoother. Now in each scene, I stop and ask what will the characters consequence be for each action. Even the smallest of decisions can move… Read More Do We Need to Write a Consequence for Every Action?
by Morgan S. Hazelwood The title of this sounds pretty lofty, doesn’t it? For those of you who don’t have a finished manuscript, though, this might not be so useful. Write your novel, edit it, then see if you can cut the first chapter. Don’t count the writing as a waste, YOU needed to… Read More 3 Things That Make a Great 1st Line