Category Archives: Experiments

How To Share Your Protagonist’s Deepest Feelings With Readers

As writers know, the goal of any book is to make the reader FEEL. We want them to empathize with our characters, feel pulled in by the events and become immersed in the story. When a reader’s experience is emotional, … Continue reading

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Grow Reader Empathy By Showing Your Protagonist’s Vulnerable Side

As writers, we all want to encourage a powerful bond to form between our audience and the protagonist so that readers care about the hero or heroine and root for them to succeed. How we do this is through empathy, … Continue reading

Posted in Character Wound, Characters, Emotion, Emotion Thesaurus Guide, Empathy, Experiments, Fear, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 24 Comments

The Subtle Knife: Writing Characters Readers Trust But Shouldn’t

I don’t know about you, but I love reading books where the author encourages me to draw conclusions that are wrong. Case in point–untrustworthy characters who I trust anyway. Like all writers, I am ultra aware of character cues and … Continue reading

Posted in Character Flaws, Character Traits, Characters, Experiments, Positive & Negative Thesaurus Guides, Subtext, Uncategorized, Villains, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 22 Comments

Inside One Stop For Writers: Unique Templates & Worksheets

A Look Inside One Stop’s Templates & Worksheets As you can imagine with an online library, there are many nooks and crannies to explore. One of my favorite places is up in The Stacks where we keep our Templates and … Continue reading

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Writer’s Key To Success: Make Your Own Luck (Case Study)

In 2012, I wrote a post at Janice Hardy’s blog, Fiction University. In it, I shared what I believed to be the key to success: Making your own luck. Here’s an excerpt: Make Your Own Luck. Yes, that’s right. These … Continue reading

Posted in Emotion Thesaurus Guide, Experiments, Focus, Goal and Milestones, One Stop For Writers, Positive & Negative Thesaurus Guides, The Business of Writing, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude | 19 Comments

The Connection Between Emotional Wounds and Basic Needs

As many of you may know, we have a new thesaurus, one that looks into a problematic (yet SO important) area: Emotional Wounds. It’s somewhat intuitive to see how a traumatic event might spawn specific fears or cause flaws or attributes … Continue reading

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How to Write Vivid Character Descriptions: Be Invisible!

One of the most difficult areas of description is when it comes to showing the appearance of a protagonist, especially when writing in first person POV. We need readers to “see” our protagonist, but how do we deliver description that … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Why Your Hero Needs Flaws

When we see the word Hero or Heroine, we think heroic, which is ironic because our protagonists are usually anything but at the start of a story. Instead they are often jaded, lost or incomplete in some way, toting along … Continue reading

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Overcome Your Book Doubts By Asking WHY

Today we’re taking a field trip to touch on something all writers struggle with at some point: story doubts. It might come about because of a less-than-enthusiastic reaction from a beta reader, or after requests for fulls go nowhere. Maybe … Continue reading

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The Power of The Short Story

I have a confession. *whispers* I’ve never been interested in writing short stories. I put so much planning and research into my writing that it always seemed like kind of a waste of time to write something so…short. But after … Continue reading

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