Category Archives: Characters

How to Evoke Emotions with Book Cover Design

We all know the importance of book covers in helping readers choose books. So what separates an engaging cover from one that potential buyers pass by? Would you be surprised if I said that emotion was part of the equation? … Continue reading

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7 Ways Deep POV Creates Emotional Connections With Readers

Deep POV (point of view) is a popular (and lately, divisive) writing style to employ. Many blogs about deep pov will list out the same four or six foundational tools as though any newbie could pick this up and run … Continue reading

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Writing Better Dialogue

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie where the dialogue has been so beautifully written that you are in that moment, experiencing the character’s emotions and hanging on to their every word? Or you know exactly what … Continue reading

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Your Character’s Job May Be More Important than You Think!

Confession time: when I was a newer writer, I didn’t think much about my character’s occupation. In fact, if they needed one, I’d pretty much assign the first thing that came to mind. I didn’t think hard about their career because … Continue reading

Posted in Backstory, Character Arc, Character Hobbies, Character Traits, Characters, Conflict, Description, Motivation, Occupation Thesaurus Guide, Stereotypes, Tools and Resources, Uncategorized, Writing Craft | 5 Comments

10 Steps To Revise Your Nano Novel

by Lucy V Hay So, you did Nanowrimo and you made it to 50K! Congratulations, but you still have work to do. That’s right, now you need to revise … But where to start?? If you are feeling overwhelmed, then … Continue reading

Posted in Backstory, Basic Human Needs, Character Arc, Characters, Editing Tips, Focus, Motivation, Motivational, NaNoWriMo Strategy & Support, Plotting, Revision and Editing, Story Structure, Tools and Resources, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 6 Comments

Story Tropes: To Avoid or Not to Avoid?

Every genre and medium of storytelling uses tropes, common themes or story devices. For example, a popular trope in the romance genre is “enemies to lovers,” where the characters start as enemies before falling in love. Most articles we come across in … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Cliches, Emotion, Empathy, Experiments, Motivation, Plotting, Reader Interest, Resident Writing Coach, Show Don't Tell, Stereotypes, Story Ideas, Story Structure, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 9 Comments

How Stakes Set up Expectations

Last time I coached on Writers Helping Writers, I talked about 6 Tricks to Layer on Stakes, in it, I explained how I like to think of stakes as potential consequences–what could happen if a certain condition is (or is … Continue reading

Posted in Action Scenes, Characters, Conflict, High Stakes, Motivation, Pacing, Plotting, Resident Writing Coach, Tension, Uncategorized, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 6 Comments

Stuck in No-Man’s-Land: Your Novel’s Middle

If you have hit the point in your draft where you’re looking out at the vast landscape of your novel with no idea where to go next, congratulations…you’ve probably made it to Act 2. I know, I know, there’s an … Continue reading

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Determining Your Character’s Emotional Range

I firmly believe that while readers sometimes do connect with our stories, they more often fall in love with our characters. If we want to really pull readers in, we’ve got to make each protagonist relatable and easy to connect … Continue reading

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Why You Should Side-Write Your Protagonist’s Origin Scene

Side writing: Any exploratory piece of writing that helps a writer get to know elements of their story but isn’t intended to make its way into a draft in its entirety. Examples include journaling from a character’s perspective, writing a scene … Continue reading

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