Category Archives: Experiments

Generic Settings Won’t Do: Choose Locations That Have Emotional Value

As writers, we try to draw readers fully into each scene. Not only do we want them to picture what’s happening, we want them to feel as if they are sharing the POV (point of view) character’s experience. Shared experiences … Continue reading

Posted in Conflict, Description, Empathy, Experiments, Fear, Mood and Atmosphere, Motivation, Pacing, Setting, Setting Thesaurus Guides, Show Don't Tell, Subtext, Tension, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 9 Comments

Becoming Stronger Writers: The Best Ways We Can Elevate Our Writing Craft

With it being September, and all our collective kiddos are firmly back in school, education is on my mind. Last week, my oldest headed out on his own post-secondary adventure to become an electrician, and it reinforced to me how … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Characters, Description, Emotion, Emotion Thesaurus Guide, Empathy, Experiments, One Stop For Writers, Show Don't Tell, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 10 Comments

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

Posted in Character Flaws, Characters, Emotion, Experiments, Fear, Motivation, One Stop For Writers, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Time | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Basic Human Needs, Character Arc, Character Wound, Characters, Experiments, Motivation, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 17 Comments

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

Posted in Characters, Cliches, Description, Experiments, Guest Post, Point of View, Uncategorized, Writing Craft | 37 Comments

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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