How to Write an Ending that Fits Your Story

Personally, I like fitting endings even more than happy ones. Sure, it's nice to know that the characters you've read about succeed. When you've invested time and emotional energy, you enjoy it when they make it out of their troubles and gain the victory they've sought for so long, but I don't like false endings. … Continue reading How to Write an Ending that Fits Your Story

A to Z 2017: Names

My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary […]

A to Z 2017: Magic

My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Magic

A to Z 2017: Love

My A-Z Blogging theme is to cover 26 touch-me-not categories of fiction writing. These are frequently the trouble spots which can be useful components of the story if handled properly, but when rushed through, can cause all kinds of trouble. While the genre is fantasy, the tips can apply to anything, from romance to literary … Continue reading A to Z 2017: Love

Describing Memorable Characters: Elizabeth Bennet

Whenever you write a character into existence, there is an expectation that you must describe them. You've made them, so you have to tell other people what they're like, elaborating on the height, weight, eye color, hair color, skin color, general features, behaviors, and facial features...or so some readers would have you believe. Yet, if … Continue reading Describing Memorable Characters: Elizabeth Bennet

And Always Let Your Passion Be Your Guide #amwriting

I'm not talking about following your passions in each and every life decisions. If you follow your feelings in what you do each day, your life will turn into a mess and you'll never get any work done. But, in writing, following your passion can help you discover what you really like writing about.┬áBecause just … Continue reading And Always Let Your Passion Be Your Guide #amwriting

Understanding Your Characters #atozchallenge #amwriting

For pantsters and plotters both, understanding your characters is essential. We need to know who we're writing about to be able to outline an accurate plot or to be able to write the scenes, following our characters lead. But how do we learn about our characters? Outline them.┬áMany authors do this, in the form of … Continue reading Understanding Your Characters #atozchallenge #amwriting

#Drama: Make It, Don’t Fake It #atozchallenge

As we discussed yesterday, your climax (and your novel in general) needs conflict of some kind to make the story go. But how do you go about creating this conflict, or drama? There are two kinds of drama in a story. The primary drama, which consists of the main character fighting whatever the antagonist is: … Continue reading #Drama: Make It, Don’t Fake It #atozchallenge

Do Your Characters Worry About Money?

It's a topic that, in real life, we think about more than we'd like to admit: how much we make, how much we can spend, and how we can make more money all has a place in our thoughts. (And if we're being completely honest, we'd have to say that making money from writing is … Continue reading Do Your Characters Worry About Money?

Jane Austen and Christianity, Part Two

I recently came across the existence of Jane Austen's prayers while reading the annotated Pride and Prejudice. Before that, I'd never known such a thing existed, despite having read numerous biographies and books about her and her writings. I knew we had many of her letters; I'd even read the deleted chapter if Persuasion, but … Continue reading Jane Austen and Christianity, Part Two