When you decide to write a story, you’ll almost always already have the main characters in mind. After all, you can’t have even the idea of a story without characters to fill it out. So it may seem strange to talk about choosing your characters. But, just like when you’re evaluating a scene, you have to be sure that each character is serving a purpose and driving the story forward. It’s one of the hardest evaluations to do when you’re…
Your opening scene is important, because that’s where you have to hook the reader. If they don’t care about your main character by the end of the first scene, they’re unlikely to finish your story, much less enjoy it. One book I recently started to read opened with a ten-page prologue set a hundred years after the actual story. I made it to page twelve. Another opened with the POV character talking to her sister over breakfast, with a paragraph…
Last week, we talked about the dangers of having a thesaurus around when you are writing. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the most common things a thesaurus will do: kill “said.”
We wrapped up the series “You’ve Finished Your NaNo Novel, Now What?” last Thursday. Here’s a recap in case you missed any posts!
You’re almost done! You’ve put a lot of work into your novel, even after the thirty days of NaNo. It probably looks a lot different than the one you started with. You’ve added new scenes, changed plot points, fixed character development, and removed most of the awkward phrasing and dialogue.
This week’s book recommendation is going to be a little different. I’m going to talk about The Wretched of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler, a book that I do recommend and enjoyed reading. But as I sat down to actually write the recommendation, I got the following:
Part 5: Line-By-Line If you’ve been following the steps I’ve outlined, by this point, you’ve written your NaNo novel, rewritten it twice, and had a friend or editor look over it. Most likely, that involved another rewrite.
Fix the Plot Holes So now you’ve written your NaNo novel, rewritten it for consistency and story, and rewritten again for feeling and character development. Now, what?
Once More, With Feeling! So now you’ve written your book, taken a break, and rewritten it. Now what? Rewrite again!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is an event that takes place each November, where writers from all over the world are challenged to write a fifty-thousand word novel in a single month. This year, over 312,000 people participated. I was one of those 312,000. I was actually pretty impressed with myself. I hit day six this year, was significantly ahead of my goal, thought I was doing awesome. Then some personal stuff came up… my novel is still languishing exactly…