Outlining

For the last few days, I've been plotting my next several projects. Some PMed or left me email, asking about my drafting process, which facilitated this post. I’m working on my second outline out of five, so I expect to be busy for a while. There is no right way to draft when referring to planning ...

Why You Need Character Flaws

Character quirks (or personality flaws) are essential for any great story and many writers struggle with this concept. (Don't worry, I've been in that special club, too. I promise.) But you need people to be different, authentic and real. Without real characters, there is no story. People aren't perfect and I like to find someone that is. Until then, I'm not ...

Three Important Steps To Character Evolution

Once, there was a girl who was clueless on how to make a good character bio. Instead, she wrote a 75 page backstory and thought she nailed her main characters down. Because this was when she first started writing, she just ended up more confused about how to find out her character goals and her motivation. Then she couldn't figure out ...

Character and Chapter Conceptualization Tutorial

How many people know someone who wrote a novel, but gave up before they became published? Have they just left their manuscript unfinished? Did they send it to an editor and not agree with the changes that needed to be done? Were they upset when they were told it needs too much work and to redraft ...

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