As readers, we want our villains to be scary, horrific, and unstoppable. At least I do. So how as a writer do you go about creating that iconic villain that has your readers turning on the lights and checking behind the doors?
The article and video below will give you a basic layout to crafting your scary villain and help you add depth to them that will keep your readers shivering under the blankets.
Unless you are a counselor or have personal experience with addiction, writing a character with an addiction requires some research. Which questions should you ask yourself and what aspects of addiction do you need to focus on? The article below lays out a template of poignant questions you should address before you begin to write. I hope you take what you learn and use it to sell more books😀
A bad start to your story can be devastating for your book. What are the top no-nos to avoid when trying to entice your readers to delve into your book? The list below will keep you on the right track and allow you to pull people into your novel.
Themes are the glue that binds every other aspect of your story together. They’re the overall experience your readers will feel. The handle of the blade that is your, the writers, central message. If asked, could you pinpoint the theme/s in your current book? If not, you’re not alone, and the article that follows will help you define a theme that stands out and has an impact on your readers.
If you’re writing a traumatic experience into the backstory of your character, how will you show how it affects your character in the present? Do you know the signs and symptoms of recalling a past traumatic experience and how they express themselves? The article below goes a long way in describing such moments and how people react to them. This is an excellent resource for writers looking to add depth to backstory and to create tension within a character. I hope you take what you learn and use it to sell more books😀
Are you looking for an easy way to add more depth to your writing? Do you sometimes feel as if your words are a little flat on the page? The article below will walk you through a quick and easy way to add that ever needed depth to your writing. The process explored has improved my writing greatly over time and has opened my eyes to a greater depth of writing than I thought possible. If you want, give it a try and see if it can help you as well.
So you’re wondering if your new piece of flash fiction has what it takes to get published. I’ve talked in the past about what to write. Well, today I’m sharing a video on what stories don’t sell. The vlog below from Flash Fiction Online outlines which stories will leave publications wanting more and leave your story in the trash heap. If you’re not already following Flash Fiction Online on Youtube, then I highly recommend that you start today.
Ahh, writing tips, we can never get enough. To grow as a writer we must continue to learn and understand the craft.
While some tips concentrate on the technique side of writing other hints are there to improve our habits. After all writing IS more than technique, you can’t get better without actually writing. The vlog below will lay out ten tips that will absolutely make you a better writer if you choose to implement them.
I found this article yesterday and honestly thought it was a little, well, obvious. However, I’ve seen every storyline mentioned on the big screen so someone is writing these stories and they seem to be getting published.
With that said, the plots described in the article below seem to be self-defeating if your goal is to get published. Read the examples given and let me know what you think.
You have your protagonist. You have your antagonist. Good to go right? No! Of course, we all know we need to populate our stories with multiple characters, and the cast should always include certain archetypes every time.
If you take the time to read the following article by KM Weiland, you will have a full picture of which characters are needed to grace the pages of your novel and make it the well-rounded story your readers will love.
Which archetype do your characters fall in to? Learning how to utilize archetype characteristics will enhance your reader’s experience and create a better plot line.
The first step to understanding archetypes is learning their basic wants, fears, and needs. The article below will walk you through the basics of each one and give you ideas on how to capitalize on them.