Saturday, November 26, 2022

Don't Make a Fool of Yourself as a Writer

It's not uncommon for aspiring writers to have a fear of sharing their writing, because they fear that they'll make a fool of themselves, but Stephen King may have the solution, which is simply to read - a lot. Per Jon Winoker, Stephen King said:

“The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor. i.e., [laptop]” 

Monday, November 14, 2022

5 Traits Your Characters Need

Per Writing a Novel, there are [at least] five (5) traits your characters should possess:

#1 Physical Appearance

Does your reader know your character's eye color?

#2 Psychological Makeup 

Is your character a melancholy introvert or a sunny extrovert?

#3 Cultural Influences

Is your character a cultured New Yorker or an unrefined hillbilly?

#4 Moral Compass

Is your character cautious or "free" slash uninhibited?

#5 Social Contacts 

Does your character live in SoHo or SoBro?

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

3 Ways to Spice Up Your Novel’s Plot

There are, at least, three ways to spice up of your novel's plot:

  • Make a Shift by having a scene go from superb to super bad or vice versa
  • Expect the Unexpected by having something totally unpredictable appear 
  • Have a Eureka Moment by having your hero figure out something that was completely overlooked earlier in the novel