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Choosing Your Characters

Choosing Your Characters

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…

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The Opening Scene

The Opening Scene

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…

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Said is Dead

Said is Dead

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.”

Book Recommendation Day

Book Recommendation Day

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:

Open Channel

Open Channel

Welcome to another #QuestionTuesday! Every Tuesday, I hold an open forum to answer any writing and editing questions and will even provide feedback on short passages submitted by authors. It’s a chance to ask those seemingly small questions that somehow still manage to constantly hold all of us writers up in our work. Wondering if flashbacks should happen in the first chapter (answer: they really shouldn’t) or if the Oxford comma is actually important? I will answer these questions and more…

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