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:
by Matt Frick I suffer from one of the more visible ailments of the Florida tourist. While this particular malady can afflict anyone, regardless of age, race, or sex, a recent non-scientific study at [insert name of beach here] determined those most susceptible were white males over the age of 40. While I am a… Read More Backstory: The Most Important Sub-Plot You’ll Never Write
Hi all! A Writer’s Path Writers Club has moved! The previous platform I’ve been using has made some changes that I didn’t perceive to be positive to the atmosphere of the club, so I’ve decided to move it here, to this website. Having it on my own website means that I can have far… Read More AWP Writers Club Has Moved! (Also 25% Off)
by Kelsie Engen Charles Dickens is perhaps one of the most influential authors in the world. He was a prolific writer in his day, publishing something like 15 novels, a handful of novellas, numerous short stories, both fiction and non-fiction. With the advent of self publishing, there has been the return of different methods… Read More How Charles Dickens Influenced the Self-Publishing Industry