by Kathryn Craft When the moderator of a recent women’s fiction panel asked me if I expected to be friends with the protagonists in the women’s fiction I read, I had the oddest reaction: my mind went blank. Madly scanning my mental spreadsheet of great fiction in an effort to be truthful, in… Read More Are Likable Characters Important in Women’s Fiction?
by Kelsie Engen All too often, I find myself lost in my writing. No, I don’t mean I find it to be an escape from real life, although it is that, too. No, I mean that I find myself lost in the plot or lost in the characters or lost in the details,… Read More How to Find Your Novel’s Path
From Blanche Dubois to Ebenezer Scrooge, literature has never failed to produce characters that resonate with millions of readers from across the globe. But where did they come from?… Read More Creating that “Killer” Character
by Jennifer Kelland Perry Two weeks ago today, I had a fabulous evening. Late on that Friday afternoon, I typed the last word of the last sentence of the last chapter of my Work In Progress. It felt wonderful! What a sense of satisfaction filled me as I raised my glass of Cabernet and… Read More Completing My First Draft: Three Things I’ve Learned
by Ashlee McNicol Being a writer is no easy feat. You stay up late, wake up early, and repeat. You spend hours and hours creating fantasy worlds with characters that you love like your family, watching them experience miracles just as easily as pain, and grow like your own kids. You are an author… Read More 5 Things You Should Know About Authors
By Larry Kahaner I came across a blog from Guy Portman titled “10 Famous Authors’ Day Jobs” in which he lists… well…you get it. What struck me most from reading Guy’s blog post is how many famous authors eventually gave up their day jobs (Natch. They’re famous.) and how many used what they knew… Read More Can I Write Novels Even if I Haven’t Had an Interesting Life?