Discover how to craft a story and characters readers love by creating a main character with agency, including a clear goal, motivation, and conflict by editor and novelist, Kay Keppler.
Tagged: writing fiction
You’ll never know, unless you try. When you write it down, that scene you’re playing with, you may discover, as writer and artist Nevada McPherson did, a pivotal scene in your story.
Hook your readers with great beginnings and endings. If readers don’t like your opening scene, they won’t read the rest of the book. But if your last scene doesn’t provide a pay-off, you’ve failed them—and they won’t read your next book.
Nothing could have prepared her for the devastating blow she received when her loved one died. The long winding road of how one writer found her way back to writing after the death of a loved one.
Dialogue is more than characters talking about the plot of your story. Good dialogue makes your story come alive. Check out these rules for writing punchy dialogue by Terry Tierney, novelist and poet.
Using description that grounds the reader in time and place can make a powerful opening—and metaphors and similes can help readers see and feel more precisely what you want them to experience.
Writing a story is very similar to building a puzzle. And scenes are the puzzle pieces. Here are some tips to help you sort your puzzle pieces, I mean, scenes.
There’s so much more to pacing than where you place commas or semicolons. Novelist Sue Razi shares tips on pacing and how they can enhance your fiction and hook your readers.
I’m excited to share with you an upcoming craft course for fiction writers by a writing teacher I deeply admire, Alicia Rasley. If you’re struggling on how to start your stories, or struggling with...
How to Create Vivid, Compelling Characters: In this video, Beth and Bonnie discuss two passages from V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Darkness to show how you can reveal character through relationship (and relationship reversal)...
Today’s post is a summary of posts on writing dialogue, resources For novelists on Writer’s Fun Zone. *** Recently, I created a new free mini-course, The Writer Discovery Mini-Course (sign up here), and have...
A big shout out to Lynn Johnston, a fellow writing coach cohort, and friend. She’s got a new class up on creating character arcs. If “your character’s emotional journey IS the reader’s emotional journey,” as Lynn says, then you need to learn how to master writing a powerful character arc.
Enjoy these essential plot tips for fiction writers with Ezra Barany, interviewed by his wife and creativity coach for novelists. Award-winning, published novelists, together we help writers write their stories via our classes at...