Tal Valante Mar 1, 2016
You've come up with a round, strong character that will fascinate your readers. But how do the reader get to know this wonderful character? Here are some quick guidelines to characterization.
Tal Valante Mar 17, 2016
What’s the easiest way to enter a reader’s Hall of Shame?
Writing flat, boring, or unconvincing characters, that’s what. If a reader doesn’t make a connection with your main character, you’ve lost her, not only for this book but probably for eternity. Scary, right?
Tal Valante May 25, 2016
Villains are a dime a dozen, but good villains—the ones that stick in your mind—are just as hard to write as good heroes, no matter your genre. The best villains are never purely evil, or evil just because. That complexity is the key to creating a bad guy who stands out.
Matthew Cates Mar 1, 2016
We all know a story should be an emotional rollercoaster, or else readers will start skimming or stop reading altogether. But what’s the most effective way to keep our prose dynamic?
By introducing conflict—on every page.
Tal Valante Apr 13, 2016
Everyone gets sick. Show me a person who never knew illness and I’ll show you someone with a tragically short lifespan. Being sick every now and then is what makes us mortal—well, that and that pesky death issue. The thing is, when it comes to us, sickness is a curse.
When it comes to our characters, it can be a blessing.
Andrew Knighton May 31, 2016
Every writer faces this contradiction, sooner or later: you need escalating conflict to drive the story forward, but intense conflict also drives your characters apart when you need them to stick together.
Enter the crucible to save the day.