Scenes are the building blocks of novel writing. If you master writing scenes, your stories will be unputdownable. Riveting. Engaging. If you are an experienced author, you know these things, but every fiction author must learn how to write a good scene. How to Write a Scene To start off, I will answer a newbie…
Figuring out your characters’ fears and deepest needs and desires is a key to characterization and generating conflict for your plot.
Time is our most precious commodity, but we spend too much time on stuff that holds us back. Here are five things authors should quit doing.
Do authors need to write blog posts too? Many experts say yes. But are they right? What about doing blog tours during your book launch? Who should blog and who shouldn’t? What are the best topics to blog about?
After a family emergency, I created a list of eight ways to create margin in your author life.
Conflict, choices, and consequences are the engine that powers your story and engages your readers. How can you build these three Cs into your first chapter? What are the types of conflict, and how can you use them to your advantage?
We will consider the need to establish setting, show the main character’s normal world, reveal the stakes, and meet genre expectations. How can you accomplish all of this in the first chapter?
Point of view is one of the most important decisions you make before you begin writing your first chapter. Whose perspective will you choose–yours, one of your characters, or multiple points of view?
The first thing a first chapter must do is hook the reader with one or more catchy opening sentences. Learning how to write the first chapter of a book is difficult, but mastering how to write a great first sentence is at least as important.