by Hope Ann There are three main questions, powerful, yet short, which an author should ask and answer for each of their characters. The first question is, what does your character want? What does he desire more than anything? What will he give anything for and what is he striving for? Coupled with this… Read More What Does Your Character Depend On?
by Chloe-Anne Ross What Should I Write About? Whenever I’m listening to another writer’s Q&A on writing, this question seems to pop-up every now and again. I never understood why it would be asked or what kind of answer was expected until I got stuck. I would love to be a writer and I… Read More How Some Writing Advice Can Actually Hurt You
Hi all! To let everyone know, free partial manuscript critique is now a benefit of A Writer’s Path Writers Club. Here is the page for the free services, accessed only by active members: https://ryanlanz.com/writers-club-free-services/ (password protected) We’re adding new free services all the time. In fact, I just added free query editing, free proposal editing,… Read More Free Manuscript Critique Comes to AWP Writers Club
by Stephanie O’Brien In some stories, the plot’s resolution takes everyone by surprise. Nobody knew how the story would end, or how the outcome would be achieved. In others, the ending was a surprise to absolutely no one, because a prophecy had already spoiled the ending long before it could happen. The downside to having… Read More Should Your Story Use Prophecy?
by Andrea Lundgren I’ve been thinking a lot about plotting lately (as my works-in-progress have been at that stage), and it occurred to me that it’s kind of like a game, played between reader and writer. In some ways, it reminds me of the game of rummy, where the goal is to collect a… Read More Plotting a Novel is Like Playing a Game of Rummy
by Mary Kate Pagano I’ve gotten super into podcasts in this past year (file under #latetotheparty). Why? I think I thought they were all nonfictional musings on things. I didn’t realize there were a plethora of podcasts out there dissecting my favorite books and TV shows. Now I know, and I listen to them voraciously.… Read More On The Necessity of Flawed Characters
by ARHuelsenbeck Do book trailers sell books? Six years ago, a friend posted this video on Facebook: