Category Archives: Writing Craft

Why Writers Should Consider NaNoWriMo in 2020

Let’s not mince words: 2020 has been a real crap sandwich. COVID has caused all sorts of struggles, anxiety, and challenges. Some of you have had work disrupted. Others wanted to travel to see loved ones and couldn’t. All of … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Focus, Goal Setting, Motivational, NaNoWriMo Strategy & Support, One Stop For Writers, Show Don't Tell, Software and Services, Time Management, Tools and Resources, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writing Groups, Writing Resources, Writing Time | 3 Comments

Meet Our Newest Resident Writing Coaches!

Can you believe this is the 5th year of our Resident Writing Coach program? It’s true! And today we introduce (and reintroduce) the wonderful experts who will be joining us for the Fall 2020-2021 season! For those of you new … Continue reading

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Why You Should Be Excerpting Your Novel

Have you ever been flipping through a magazine and found an excerpt from a book, maybe one you’d never read? And did reading that short passage make you want to read more, prompting you to go looking for the book? … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reader Interest, Short Stories | 1 Comment

Awesome Writing Tips From 6 Famous Writers

As I always say on Bang2write, there are no specific writing rules to break, just risks to take … That said, there are ‘best practices’! This is why it can be a good idea to check out what others who’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Focus, Motivation, Plotting, Resident Writing Coach, Stereotypes, Story Structure, Writer's Attitude, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 5 Comments

No Story Conflict? Explore Your Options

As a reader of Angela and Becca’s blog, chances are you’ve seen some of their many posts about the role of conflict in our story. In fact, as a Resident Writing Coach here, I’ve previously talked about how to make … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Characters, Conflict, Endings, Experiments, Pacing, Plotting, Reading, Resident Writing Coach, Uncategorized, Writing Craft | 12 Comments

Ways to Defeat Self-Doubt: Hang Upside Down (and Other Creative Moves)

September, 2009, was Dan Brown week in the world of publishing. That was when The Lost Symbol—Brown’s much-awaited follow-up to The Da Vinci Code (2003)—hit the bookstores.   The Lost Symbol was not easy for Mr. Brown to write. I … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Motivational, Reading, Writer's Block, Writing Craft | 2 Comments

Identifying Your Character’s Primary Attribute

When I think about some of my favorite protagonists, I can usually identify a trait that defines each one: Sam Gamgee: LoyaltyAnne Shirley: ImpulsivityJames T. Kirk: Boldness However, if each character was made up of only that one trait, they … Continue reading

Posted in Character Flaws, Character Traits, Characters, Fatal Flaw, Positive & Negative Thesaurus Guides, Show Don't Tell, Writing Craft | 4 Comments

Yesterday: Looking Back at the First Act

“Yesterday.” A beautiful, beautiful song that easily applies to our writing process. Confused? Go with me for a minute. It doesn’t matter if we’re a pantser, a plotter, a plotser, a puzzler, or some other mash-up of a writing process … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Motivation, Motivational, Openings, Resident Writing Coach, Revision and Editing, Story Structure, Theme, Writing Craft | 2 Comments

6 Tricks to Layer on Stakes

Stakes are what are at risk in a story. It might be that the protagonist’s life is at risk, or perhaps a romantic relationship, or maybe the opportunity to go on a long-awaited trip (Hello, Covid!). But I find this … Continue reading

Posted in Action Scenes, Character Arc, Characters, Conflict, Fear, High Stakes, Motivation, Pacing, Plotting, Resident Writing Coach, Tension, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 9 Comments

How To Research Mental Health and Trauma For Your Characters

Giving a character a trauma or mental health backstory seems like an easy way to add internal conflict to our characters – and it is. But where do you start that research? What should you be looking for? No one … Continue reading

Posted in Backstory, Character Wound, Characters, Flashbacks, research, Resident Writing Coach, Writing Craft | 14 Comments